CharlesYang’s review published on Letterboxd:
Let me start off by saying, "I hate Rian Johnson", and also that he has a very punchable face.
This is the same Rian Johnson who made that travesty Last Jedi? Am I correct?
And as much as I would like to bash this film for being terrible, to my pleasant surprise it's actually pretty good. The one major flaw is that the first thirty minutes are confusing and a bore to sit through. After that, the film picks up speed to the sweet stuff. The symbolism is clever as it deals with immigration, family legacy and inheritance. If a little bit heavy handed.
Here follows my take.
A word of warning.
The house is a metaphor for the United States of America. It is filled with books (knowledge), food (prosperity) and lavish furniture (wealth) enough for everyone.
The patriarch played by Christopher Plummer is Divine Providence which has kept the family (the American people) and the servants (new immigrants who have taken over the menial jobs many refuse to take) safe and happy for so long.
But the family (the American people) have proven unworthy to inherit the fortune. They are entitled (Jamie Lee Curtis), lazy (Toni Colette), unindustrious (Michael Shannon) and vicious (Chris Evans). They all believe they have a share in the patriarch's riches, all the while living off of his work and doing nothing to deserve it. At the same time, they look down upon the struggling but sincere maid (Ana de Armas) who is the only one who loves the patriarch and takes care of him.
The patriarch acting as an agent of Divine Providence seeking to reward her hard work and devotion, grants the inheritance of the house to her. So it makes sense that the film's villain is the discourteous young Hugh Ransom.
At first glance, he looks like the natural heir. A tall, handsome white man to inherit the fortunes of his house. With his blonde hair and movie star good looks, he appears every bit the hero. But his violent nature and acts of treachery only serve to prove his unworthiness. When things don't go his way, he reverts to childish ranting, revealing his venomous ego and entitlement issues.
The film serves as message to the American people to not begrudge the foreigner, the refugee or the immigrant. Instead of only looking out for ourselves, we should look out for the well being of our neighbor who is in fact our brother/sister.
The truth is that we can all share the wealth together and live in peace with one another. But only when we overcome our iniquities and treat each other like a true family.