KNIVES OUT Review - A Wonderful WhoDunit

Knives Out is a wonderfully fun whodunit kind of film that starts out like the classic whodunit and then turns the plot on it's ear for a bit, but rights itself back on the path of discovery as it becomes a howdunit kind of film. The film is pretty fun.

First, let's start out with this wonderful cast involved in Knives Out:

Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Toni Collette, LaKeith Stanfield and Christopher Plummer.

The film is written and directed by Rian Johnson, who is known for his work on films such as Looper, Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi, and some great episodes of Breaking Bad.

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. (Lionsgate synopsis)


It's rare when a movie trailer catches my attention, but the first trailer I saw wasn't what did it, but the cast I saw in the trailer made it a must see (I hoped) film! And no one disappointed.

Daniel Craig is sublime in this film as a private detective hired anonymously to investigate the suicide. So much so that I could see an entire film series based on his character, as his role is pretty much a modern-day Sherlock Holmes.

Chris (Where's his shield?) Evans plays a snot of a brat and it's nice to see him do a different role, as he executes a brand new kind of character, while still potentially controlling the room with his underlying air of authority, even when he's trying not to.

The rest of the cast exuuuude the collective of rich relatives, biding their time for the matriarch to die so they can collect their riches. Don Johnson may have found his niche character...

It's a deliciously unabashed film with all the right characters, entertaining cops, despicable family members and the like.

Pretty much worth the bucks for the two hour, ten minute film.

It has a 7.8/10 on IMDb and a 96% from Rotten Tomatoes.


"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..." New York Magazine/Vulture


"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"  CNN


"In the hands of Craig at his most gleeful, de Armas at her career best, and Johnson oozing love for the genre, Knives Out rises splendidly to the task." The Atlantic

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