Knives Out has been lauded for its exceptional script. But one moment in particular has kept fans of the film scratching their heads. For many, Benoit Blanc’s triumphant speech in Knives Out’s penultimate scene makes absolutely no sense. And it turns out, that was what Rian Johnson wanted all along.
Rian Johnson’s ode to Agatha Christie-esque whodunits has been buoyed by its star power. But much of the praise and buzz surrounding it has also been from how well it sticks the landing, and ties all the story’s complex loose ends together. In the final moments of Knives Out, detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) finally figures out who killed Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer). He spells it all out in a way that seems crystal clear to him. Though, for those of us watching at home - er, in the theater - it was a little less obvious, thanks to to the bizarre metaphor he used to explain it all:
Right. Sure. The point is that he caught the bad guy -- or, if you’re the film’s director and writer, the point is that we’re not supposed to understand. He explained that his inspiration for Knives Out was born out of a passion for mystery stories, and he wanted to pay homage (via Vulture):
Rian Johnson’s love of the genre certainly comes through in Knives Out -- and not just with Benoit Blanc’s convoluted explanation. The film is a masterclass in mystery storytelling, almost entirely devoid of any plot (or donut) holes. This helped propel the movie far past anyone’s expectations, garnering more than $200 million at the box office and an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay. Knives Out was such a hit with audiences that Lionsgate readily greenlit a sequel, which will once again follow the detective as he solves another murder. When it hits theaters, we can expect another thrilling mystery -- and probably another totally nonsensical explanation of how it all went down.
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