Nicolò Grasso’s review published on Letterboxd:
Original Title: Knives Out
Year of Release: 2019
Genres: Mystery; Comedy; Thriller
Director: Rian Johnson
Writer: Rian Johnson
Main Cast: Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Toni Collette, Lakeith Stanfield, Christopher Plummer, Katherine Langford, Jaeden Martell, Riki Lindhome, Frank Oz
When I was young, I grew up reading Agatha Christie novels, and murder mysteries slowly became one of my favorite literary genres. Many of those books have been adapted into film, not always to great success, and ones that are wholly original are very few and not really noteworthy. Leave it to Rian Johnson to reinvigorate the genre with his own Knives Out.
The film is an absolute blast to watch, an engaging whodunit with shades of Hitchcock and a whole lot of humor that is thoroughly engaging from beginning to end. It helps that the locations are all real and feature gorgeous set design, that the cinematography amplifies the clever qualities of the script, that the editing is really tight and leads to great comedic moments, and that the actors all do a stellar job. Ana de Armas especially finally gets a leading role and she is glorious in this, and other highlights were Craig, Shannon, Evans, Curtis, and Johnson.
An absolute joy to watch, Knives Out is arguably the best movie you could be seeing right now, since it is going to appeal to everybody: kids will like the humor, adults the socio-political references and satire of the rich vs the poor, and the elderly can relive the good old days of murder mysteries that they grew up reading. Even though I went in with low expectations, I was blown away, and do consider this one of the best films to come out this year!
Visual Effects: 9
Violence & Gore: 6
Sex & Nudity: 2
Drugs & Profanity: 2
Intensity & Horror: 3