Knives Out

Knives Out ★★★★½

Well, well, well, look at what we have here. A whodunit murder mystery in this our year of 2019. By the famous/infamous (dependent on who you talk to) director Rian Johnson. And just a great one at that. I cannot really delve into this much without spoilers, but I'll to my best to be vague and express my appreciation for this film.

This is one of the best of the year. It is a top form twisty-turny story that while like any good mystery you may be able to guess who did it, but you won't be able to know how. I assume on a second run of this there will be little hints and there that flew over my head the first time. This is a brilliant and tight script that I have a tough time faulting.

The cast is brilliant, I mean just look at the shear magnitude of who is in this Daniel Craig, Chris Evens, Jamie Lee Curtis, Micheal Shannon, Toni Collette, Christopher Plummer, Lakeith Stanfield, all of these names could carry a film on their own, but they all play supporting to the lovely Ana de Armas. She puts in the most screentime and possibly the best performance. This is one of the best casts in a film, period.

If I had to be nitpicky I will say that a couple of times, and I mean like twice, the dialogue was a tad shaky. I would normally excuse this, but due to the nature of the film making dialogue is perhaps the most important things. And the only other thing I can think of is that because of the nature of the tale and now that I know how it ends I am afraid that a rewatch would not be nearly as enjoyable, I know I said that it would be fun looking for new clues, but that only brings so much more enjoyability. But that is really trying to dig into it.

Knives out is a splendid film that I am glad I had the pleasure to watch today, if you still haven't then by all means treat yourself to a real humdinger of an experience.

(Did I really use humdinger? Yes, yes I did)