I have fully come around on her as a Be-er, after realizing she’s a Steadfast MC whose Source of Drive is following her kind heart.
The Overall Story, as I see it, isn’t about the murder itself. I think what Rian is showing us is an overall story about the much needed transformation of a toxic family.
We’re let in on so much about Harlan’s death through the eyes of the MC, that it’s not really your traditional “Murder Mystery.” Rian has flipped the genre on its head, and I think that’s why it feels so different, not because it’s a “Comedic-Mystery,” but because it’s a transformative family movie.
This is what I think Rian intended for the OS – the dilemmas of The Thrombey Family Dynamic
Throughline: PSYCHOLOGY - manipulating family members, being savage, being oppressive, being offensive, being tricky with a particular group, being manipulated by someone, being cutthroat, etc. etc.
Concern: BECOMING - creating a new family dynamic, being changed by someone, changing a particular group, becoming part of a family, having an awakening, etc.
Issue: RESPONSIBILITY - being held accountable, assuming propriety, having jurisdiction, being culpable, etc.
Problem: CONTROL - Being controlled by someone, being limited, being limited, losing control of something, etc.
Solution: UNCONTROLLED - Letting someone loose (the family), letting children go, being reckless, etc.
Focus: CONSCIENCE - censoring one’s actions, having a guilty conscience, acting self-righteously, restraining oneself
Direction: TEMPTATION - taking the easy way out, tempting an honest person, being tempted to cheat, baiting someone, being tempted to criticize others, etc.
Catalyst: OBLIGATION satisfying an obligation to do something, evading obligation to be something, being legally obligated, etc.
Inhibitor: DREAM having unrealistic expectations, living in make believe, wishful thinking, etc.
Benchmark: BEING being part of the family, being part of a particular group, pretending to care, being phony, posing as something, behaving insincerely, bluffing, shamming