Knives Out

Knives Out

Not quite sure how this could leave anyone “wigless” (as this post suggests), nor do I fully understand those claiming it to be a Fedora Movie. Also think some people are making too big a deal out of the topical bon mots. There’s a self-awareness in its media-obsessed characters but I never got the feeling Johnson was alluding to the Last Jedi backlash or making some cogent political point. (Though I did appreciate him attempting a spectrum of conservatism, from Don Johnson’s obsequious Hamilton references and preoccupation with immigration to Jaeden Martell’s slimy Daily Wire intern, rather than lumping every dullard into the same group.) Honestly, while every other major American auteur is dodging the present in favor of wistful period pieces, it’s kinda admirable for someone to take a whack at our current moment. The whodunnit (closer to a howdunnit, really) aspect fares a lot better but I still can’t imagine getting that worked up about this. Johnson’s writing is clever without being especially funny. Great theatrical experience, barely thought about it since seeing it a week ago.

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