Knives Out

Knives Out ★★★★★

Ho..... Lee..... Shit!

Rian Johnson is back with his latest movie after directing/writing Star Wars: The Last Jedi (which I will review before TROS comes out), aka my favorite Star Wars movie to date and the trailers were great so obviously expectations were high.

Now...... What happened? Oh boy did it deliver!

I haven't seen an original screenplay be this strong in a long time. This is a classic whodunnit but not in a way you'd expect. It subverts a lot of the tropes and flips it on its head with ingenuity without devaluing the story. On top of that, every single detail has a purpose and the film certainly didn't forget to pay off everything in the end.

The not so subtle social commentary also works tremendously and as my bio speaks. I welcome subject matters and when films take them seriously and speak on current political climate. Much like another one of my favorite films this year- Captain Marvel... Knives Out cleverly crafts a tale that critiques the immigration policy and even more so.

The film also has some great aesthetics whether it's stellar production design or those goddamn sweaters (seriously, those sweaters!). The already clever and fiery script is enhanced by the cast and cinematography which is also amped up by it's cut-clear editing craft. Everything's on point.

Speaking of cast, what a cast! Like, look at it! And all of them delivered! However, Daniel Craig and Chris Evans rise above the rest and Ana De Armas is the queen of the show... Just like THAT final shot. An excellent performance and one of the best I've seen all year.

After watching this and The Last Jedi, I've got my eyes on Rian Johnson. I'll be watching his previous works such as Brick and Looper soon and I hope they're just as riveting if not more, and ofc I'm excited to see what he does next. I also wouldn't mind a sequel to this.

As far as the cons go, Idk... I'll say that a chunk of the film from 35 min mark to 55 min mark suffers a bit from pacing issues but yeah.... That's bout it.

In the end, Knives Out is a crowd pleasing puzzle box that is both smart and entertaining and most importantly, also manages to be thought provoking thus becoming the best film of 2019 so far in my book.


FINAL GRADE: A+

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