Knives Out 12A
Dir: Rian Johnson
Cast: Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana De Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Toni Collette, Christopher Plummer
Run Time: 2 Hours 12 Mins
Release Date: Out Now
After making a big budgeted, franchise space opera like Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Rian Johnson’s next feature returns to earth for a smaller story compared to his vision of Star Wars. While it may be smaller in scale, in terms of personality it’s like a whale in a pond. Knives Out follows Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) an eccentric and brilliant detective, mysteriously hired to investigate the death of renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) with the dysfunctional Thrombey family and Harlan’s staff as suspects in Harlan’s mysterious death. Never as a good old fashioned whodunnit been so fun to watch but also swaggers on to the beat of its own drum that Knives Out might be one of the year’s wildest films. From the razor-sharp script to the wonderful performances, it’s a whodunnit that keeps you guessing to a point you’ll have no clue were the plot is going.
The film has so many gears that helps the film function such as Daniel Craig as Benoit Blanc, he is a hoot to watch, from the southern American accent to his weird observations Craig looks like he’s having a ball and portrays a character so charming and charismatic I’d love to see him appear in spin offs. Along with Craig, the incredible ensemble is in equal parts fantastic, but Chris Evans and Ana De Armas join Craig in being the VIPs of the film. Evans from his introduction explodes onto the film as a wickedly entertaining jerk which is a refreshing change of pace from the former Captain America. De Armas on the other hand is a whole other story, she gives a performance that elevates her more as one of the best actresses to come out of the tail end of the decade. She’s an incredible presence whenever she is on screen and performs her scenes with such grace were she has to be not only funny but also vulnerable.
One of the best aspects to the film is the house were most of the film takes place, it’s a beautiful location that has so much detail it feels like you could live there. From the production design right down to the almost colour coded costumes there is so much little details within the film that everyone involved set out to make the best film they could. Johnson once again proves he’s one of the best working directors today with his attention to detail and the fantastic direction where he has the audience in the palm of his hand. Despite the odd bad line or some scenes were the film slows down a tad, everything about Knives Out works and as a whodunnit is so much fun that it leaves your head spinning.
A fabulous and deliciously entertaining whodunnit that continues and continues to surprise on every single turn. Daniel Craig and the rest of the top-notch cast are a riot in another winner from Rian Johnson.