I have a had a life-long love of the arts; enjoying theatre, ballet, art and movies. We are all time poor and have limits to our entertainment budget so I hope an honest review will help make your choices easier.
Published November 30th 2019
Solve the mystery or just have a giggle
In Knives Out, writer and director Rian Johnson pays tribute to mystery mastermind Agatha Christie. The untimely and mysterious death of renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer), just after his 85th birthday, triggers modern-day murder mystery where everyone is a suspect. Daniel Craig, known more for his outstanding performance as the ever debonair Bond, takes a surprising pivot into comedy. His portrayal of the slightly ridiculous Detective Benoit Blanc was surprisingly perfect, thanks to great comic timing and an impressive southern drawl.
An all-star cast including Chris Evans, Ana De Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Don Johnson, Michael Shannon, Toni Collette, LaKeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford, and Jaeden Martell play Harlan's dysfunctional family and devoted staff. All of the suspects are totally engaging as they present their generally self-serving and obviously conflicting version of the events leading up to Harlan's sad demise.
While all the performances were great, the true magic of this film is created by the clever script, filled to the brim with witty innuendo and iconic references to all the best murder mysteries of the past. You will be amused, entertained and suitably impressed. This is a new direction for Rian Johnson, previously known for more action-oriented films such as Looper and The Last Jedi. In my humble opinion, Johnson has found his lane - Knives Out is a total success.
Knives Out is rated PG-13 (for thematic elements including brief violence, some strong language, sexual references, and drug material) and is in theatres from November 27, 2019.