A sprawling mansion, an idiosyncratically wealthy multi-generational family, and a deceased patriarch whose death involves, in part, mixed drugs? No, we’re not talking about “Knives Out”. We’re talking about “Crooked House”.
When Aristide Leonides (Gino Picciano) dies, his granddaughter, Sophia (Stefanie Martini), is convinced that not only was it a murder, but that it was probably a murder committed. by a family member. She hires Charles Hayward (Max Irons), with whom she had a brief affair, to investigate. While the evidence clearly points to Aristide’s much younger second wife, Brenda (Christina Hendricks), and her lover as the likely murderers, Charles remains unconvinced. Even his skepticism, however, cannot prepare him for the truth.
Another way this movie reflects “Knives Out” is in the sheer number of recognizable actors. In addition to Hendricks, the cast includes Glenn Close, Terence Stamp, Gillian Anderson and Julian Sands. Although not yet a name, Honor Kneafsey is excellent as the youngest granddaughter Josephine, the family spy who mocks Charles’ inability to solve the crime with the kind of infuriating tone that only a 12-year-old can pull off.