Knives Out

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Knives Out sharpens old murder-mystery tropes with a keenly assembled suspense outing that makes brilliant use of writer-director Rian Johnson's stellar ensemble.

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Acclaimed writer and director Rian Johnson (Brick, Looper, Star Wars: The Last Jedi) pays tribute to mystery mastermind Agatha Christie in KNIVES OUT, a fun, modern-day murder mystery where everyone is a suspect. When renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) is found dead at his estate just after his 85th birthday, the inquisitive and debonair Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) is mysteriously enlisted to investigate. From Harlan's dysfunctional family to his devoted staff, Blanc sifts through a web of red herrings and self-serving lies to uncover the truth behind Harlan's untimely death. With an all-star ensemble cast including Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, Don Johnson, Michael Shannon, LaKeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford and Jaeden Martell, KNIVES OUT is a witty and stylish whodunit guaranteed to keep audiences guessing until the very end.

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  • "Knives Out," in the end, believes earnestly in the whodunit, it just wants to turn it inside out. To say more about that would spoil the fun. But keep an eye here, and elsewhere, on de Armas.

    Dec 3, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Knives Out deserves to be explored as a world of it own, as Johnson balances moral conscience and black humor expertly within the constraints of the murder-mystery genre.

    Dec 2, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • There's a great deal of lively and funny shenanigans with poisons and antidotes, and Johnson delivers a stab of cheerful cynicism.

    Nov 29, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • An entertainment that's as smart, witty, stylish and exhilarating as any movie lover could wish for.

    Nov 28, 2019 | Full Review…
  • I suspect that Johnson, an adolescent genre enthusiast to his core, has waited since age 10 to make a movie like this. His enjoyment is contagious, even for those of us who don't think Knives Out quite hits its marks.

    Nov 27, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Knives Out is a whole lot of fun, intended to keep the audience off-balance right up until the finish. It's a razor-sharp throwback from writer-director Rian Johnson.

    Nov 27, 2019 | Full Review…

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  • 2d ago
    Perhaps the greatest surprise that KNIVES OUT has to offer is that Ana de Armas is pretty much the lead role despite the plethora of marketing material that barely mentioned her presence whilst the movie's main sociopolitical merit badge was a pro-immigration agenda. I guess you have to sneak stuff like that in when you've got the family Thanksgiving weekend on lockdown for your opening week and still want everybody's conservative uncle to buy a ticket. Seeing as the film centers around a squabbling family populated with disparate political views, there is no arguing over the genius timing of the release. It's just unfortunate that since the movie forsakes the central murder mystery for a character-driven examination of capitalism's corrosive effects on the civic core of America, its commentary doesn't have much conviction to it. Since the promised "murder mystery" is all but solved by the end of the first act, for the rest of the run time you get what director Rian Johnson is best at (for worse or better): Subverting Expectations?. I would hazard to say that Johnson should stick to this tier of filmmaking after wizzing most of the good faith Disney had with the Star Wars fandom down his leg. This is probably the best network television movie money could buy. Almost the entire cast is recognizable, and they say their lines like they're getting paid to do it. Aside from some edgy content it is mostly family friendly. It has about as substantive a critique of American politics as any given episode of "Saturday Night Live". And it's long enough that Meemaw can get in a nice nap before Captain America gets corn chowdered in the face. For fans of "Murder She Wrote" and "Matlock", I'm sure it's a thrilling two and a half hours because it's a distended episode of one of those series with Daniel Craig as Hercule Poirot by way of Foghorn Leghorn. Up until now you might have thought that this was negative review of KNIVES OUT. Yet I actually thought that the movie was completely acceptable. In fact, it might be the okayest movie I've seen in literally weeks. I chortled several times because some of the dialogue and plot were clever. And even though it was too long, it wasn't as boring or cheesy as FORD V FERRARI. But let's be real here, KNIVES OUT hardly needs my tepid praise to ensure that everybody and their aptly named son "Ransom" will be at a screening near you. Suffice it to say, you shouldn't count me amongst the many people lobbing wads of gelatinous accolades upon KNIVES OUT.
    Steve L Super Reviewer
  • Dec 31, 2019
    Similar to what Rian Johnson did for Brick he's now doing for the whodunit genre. Knives Out is really a classic story of it's kind set in modern day with Daniel Craig even playing a very clear Hercule Poirot type character. There's a bit more humor and self-awareness than a lot of those classic stories, but never to the degree that it takes away from the twists and the mysteries. And there are some good twists. In fact one of the biggest mysteries is revealed midway through the movie which actually led me to check the time thinking "damn, are we near the end already?" but nope, they were just taking the movie on a left turn to Albuquerque that I did not anticipate and changed the course of the whole thing. Johnson has constructed a great mystery in the spirit of the classics. The fun of it too is how many twists there are without it ever feeling overdone. In that way also you can predict a few twists, but not another, so have fun feeling smart and still feel surprised by the others. It's just a classic fun film of its type.
    Michael M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 28, 2019
    I did not think that Last Jedi was a very good movie, but I have always been a fan of Rian Johnson. And honestly? Knives Out is a strong contender for his best work yet. I have never seen a whodunnit like this before. Seeing this in a theatre was the poppy-poppy-paper of movie-going experiences, because I so enjoyed that.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2019
    Rian Johnson's original "Whodunit" tale is strikingly filled with a talented ensemble, old-school-mystery-thrills and a sharp envisioning. Knives Out keeps the audience on their toes and brings a surprising delight towards its conclusion. 4.25/5
    Eugene B Super Reviewer

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