|Ratings||UK: 12A, USA: PG-13, Spain: 12|
|Source of story||An original screenplay in the way of Knives Out, the director’s previous outing.|
|Starring||Daniel Craig, Edward Norton, Kathryn Hahn, Kate Hudson, Dave Bautista, Ethan Hawke, Hugh Grant, Janelle Monae, Lesley Odom Jr. Madelyn Cline, some famous walkons.|
|Ratings||IMDb: 8/10 by 10,499 people. Rotten Tomatoes: 93% by 244 reviewers. Review2view: 7.3/10.|
Summary: Billionaire Miles Bron invites a few of his best friends to his Greek island for a murder mystery weekend. Included in the guest list is Andi Brand his former partner in his business and, accidentally, world famous detective, Beniot Blanc. The detective solves the mystery within minutes, irritating Miles but soon after influencer Duke Cody dies of poisoning, so the game is on. We find out that Andi has taken Miles to court over ownership of the company and lost, and that she has been killed, her place in the guest list being taken by Helen, her sister with the assistance of the detective. In order to discredit Miles, Helen needs to be supported by the rest of the guests while he intends to bring a dangerous energy substance into service. Can he be stopped?
Content: No sex or nudity, although Cody’s girlfriend Whiskey attempts to seduce Miles while wearing a bikini. The detective smokes at times. Some social drinking. The group meet on the quayside in Spetsis (Greek island famous for being the location of the Magus) and travel to the billionaire’s island mansion the central feature of which is an enormous glass dome. He has the Mona Lisa behind several layers of glass. The guests sit about, have dinner and such and swim, while bickering in a friendly way. We get a view of the detective’s interaction with Helen which reveals much and Helen is shot, but survives due to having a journal in her pocket.
A View: I wondered why the screen when we saw this on a Saturday afternoon was full, well it was because the film has a very limited release, before being streamed soon. My wife and I had liked Knives Out a lot hence our presence. Some people laughed out loud at the dialogue of Beniot Blanc, but I was not sure why. Despite its very elaborate sets and Greek environment this film was not quite as good as Blanc’s previous outing, but well worth a view, particularly if you are already a Netflix subscriber. I think today will be its last day in the cinemas.
Other films worth watching by Rian Johnson reviewed on this site include: Knives Out, Looper and The Brothers Bloom