I love a good murder mystery and Knives Out did not disappoint. Although it began somewhat typical with a murder to solve and many suspects with a motive, it took a very unexpected turn at the end. I remember being shocked after learning of Marta’s involvement and thinking, now the case is closed. But I should have known it was too early in the two hour movie for this to be the extent of the story.
Although deeply entertaining, this movie also brings to light some of the deep socioeconomic inequalities in our society. We watched the Thrombey family nearly self- destruct when they are told of the contents in Harlan’s will. The Thrombey’s viewed themselves greatly above the staff. Ransom even makes Fran call him Hugh. Additionally, the family talked about how Marta was treated so kindly but this was not true. Nobody could even name where Marta was from. Plus, the family tried to trick her, guilt her, and threaten her into giving back the inheritance. Overall, everyone in the family was pretty obnoxious and privileged.
I liked watching Marta develop during the movie and grow as a character. I thought the ending scene was perfect – Marta standing outside the beautiful Thrombey home and drinking from Harlan’s coffee mug which said “My house. My rules. My coffee.” I thought this little touch demonstrated her new confidence and power.