'Knives Out' Review
'Knives Out' Review
A Fun and Perfect Murder Mystery
A whodunit helmed by the king of subverting expectations and the writer-director of one of the best Star Wars films, Rian Johnson's 'Knives Out' is the perfect murder mystery.
The morning after Harlan Thrombey's 85th birthday, he is found dead with a self-inflicted knife wound to the knife. After private investigator Benoit Blanc enters the fray, he suspects foul play. What follows is a hilarious investigation with twists and turns that would keep you on the edge of your seat.
The film features an incredible performances from an amazing ensemble cast, most notably a career-best performance from Ana de Armes as Marta, Harlan's friend and nurse from Brazil, Paraguay or Ecuador (depending on which family member you ask) and phenomenal acting from Daniel Craig as Benoit Blanc, a private investigator with a slow Southern drawl who has been hired by an anonymous person to investigate Harlan's death.
The writing keeps you on your toes. Each scene delivering a new piece of information that can't be one-hundred percent trusted. The dialogue with full of wit, effective social commentary, quotable dialogue and clues that become more obvious as the film goes along.
While it doesn't hold your hand, the film makes the audience members apart of the investigation in Harlan's death. We learn information as the characters do. And it feels rewarding and satisfying when you discover something.
True to Johnson's style, this whodunit doesn't follow the traditional formula. Instead of an entertaining and subversive spin on the subgenre. The ending is something so complex and unexpected, it's a massive feat that they managed to pull it off while simultaneously not feeling too confusing to understand.
Rian Johnson delivers one of the best movies and most fun movie-watching experience of the year with 'Knives Out'. A definite must-watch.