Watching “Knives Out” for the first time ended up being an amazing experience. I do not know how I haven’t heard of the film before but it was definitely very entertaining. I think one part of the film I enjoyed the most was Marta’s role. As the reading review points out, she becomes the unlikely star of the film and turns in an amazing performance. The first thing that came to mind when thinking about her story is the rags to riches storyline. I also think it is even more interesting given the race dynamics that exist within the film.
Everyone within the family claims that she was close to all of them and “a part of the family.” However, none of them know where her family is from, and they usually just claim random South American countries such as Ecuador, and Venezuela. It turns out that Harlan is actually the only one who actually cared for Marta (and Marta was the only one who actually cared for him, literally and figuratively). This becomes abundantly clear when the will is revealed and Walt threatens to out her mother for being an illegal immigrant. I think this movie is a very interesting and modern take on the rags to riches storyline, as poverty is not the only thing Marta has to overcome. Marta has to overcome racism, xenophobia, the law, and rich white people as a woman of color. It truly is a story of rags to riches and is beautifully symbolized by her possession of Harlan’s mug in the end.