"Knives Out" ensemble cast gets to the point

December 3, 2019

 

Rian Johnson's "Knives Out" fully immerses the classic whodunit in to the twenty-first century.

 

“Knives Out” is a modern take on the classic whodunit murder mystery that left me with mixed feelings about its choice in tone. 

 

 

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Director Rian Johnson's whodunit "Knives Out", which keeps the audience

guessing, made $41.7 million, exceeding all expectations for holiday box office.

 

 

The film is directed by Rian Johnson and stars an enormous cast of incredibly talented actors.

 

Daniel Craig plays the bizarre detective Benoit Blanc and the talented Ana De Armas stars alongside him as the kindhearted personal nurse Marta Cabrera. 

 

They must ban together in order to figure out which member of the Thrombey family killed eccentric billionaire Harlan Thrombi, played by Christopher Plummer.

 

The Thrombey family is composed of Toni Collette as Joni Thrombey, Jamie Lee Curtis as Linda Drysdale, Michael Shannon as Walt Thrombey and the list goes on and on. 

 

Johnson masterfully brings the murder mystery film genre into the 21st century by poking fun at the people in today’s society.

 

In place of the typical affluent noble family and its servants Johnson used characters with recognizable stereotypes such as the narcissistic social media influencer, the entitled millennial and the politically correct republican to name a few. 

 

It was fun watching the interaction between this incredibly diverse and quirky group of individuals.

 

The Thrombi’s are portrayed as a group of nasty, arrogant, self-interested jerks but it is absolutely hilarious when they get together.

 

These are the moments in which the film really shines. 

 

De Aromas is exceptional as the film’s female lead. Alongside Craig, they both are equally important to the film’s success. 

 

Their characters are pivotal in helping the audience stay engaged and invested in the story. They are our eyes and ears in this crazy series of events. 

 

I was pleasantly surprised by De Aromas performance because up until now I had only seen her in supporting roles and Craig proves once again that he has a true knack for comedy. 

 

The film has a major issue and it is not the acting.

 

Evans, Collette, Curits, and Shannon do an astounding job at bringing the most incredibly unlikable characters to life.

 

The biggest gripe that I have with the film is that the tones did not mesh well.

 

The film portrays itself as a dark comedy but into a heart-warming narrative. Two opposing elements that did not mix well. 

 

There is a fair share of political commentary in the film.

 

I typically do not mind political commentary but in this case, it really pushed me out the film.

 

The film is only two hours, but the runtime feels so much longer. 

 

Knives Out is a good movie but I am afraid that it does not live up to its nearly immaculate Rotten Tomatoes scores. 

 

I am not 100% on board with it but that does not take away from the fact that you will have a fun time watching it at the theater.  

 

My only suggestion would be to lower your expectations a smidge and you’ll have a good time. 

 

I give "Knives Out" a 3 out of 5 stars. 
 

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