Friday, December 13, 2019

[Review] Knives Out

Writer-director Rian Johnson (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) delivers the goods with Knives Out, a shifty-eyed murder mystery that’ll entangle your brain and blow your mind. 

Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Toni Collette, Lakeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford, Jaeden Martell, and Christopher Plummer make up the all-star cast in this old-fashioned whodunnit. 

When the patriarch of the wealthy Thombley family turns up dead at his own birthday celebration, everyone in his sprawling mansion at the time immediately becomes a suspect. I won’t go any further than that, because to spoil this movie would be an unspeakable crime in and of itself. 

Knives Out is like a game of “Clue” come to life. The plot is resoundingly clever and ingenious, and it gets better and better as it unfolds. It’s one of those films that is so detailed that you won’t want to miss a second of it, because every action and every image is so important in the grand scheme of things. There are great twists on top of great twists, and just when you thought things couldn’t get any more twistier, they do! It’s a blast to witness, and you’ll find yourself lighting up with glee with each and every shocking epiphany. 

The excellent ensemble cast here is delightfully amusing across the board. Daniel Craig emerges as a standout with an absolute hoot of a performance. His eccentric southern-fried accent and theatrical tendencies make for comic gold.

Knives Out is as sharp as they come, and it’s a film that might even make Alfred Hitchcock jealous. Don’t tell him that I was the one who said that.

* 8.5/10 *

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