Knives Out

Knives Out ★★★★½

Rotten Tomatoes: 97%
Metacritic Metascore: 82
IMDB: 8.0

93/100

Release Date: 27 November 2019
Distributor: Lionsgate
Budget: $40M
Worldwide Gross: $312.9M
OSCAR Nominations: 1
Filming Locations: Waltham - North Easton, Mass

2019 Ranked

Benoit Blanc: "But the complexity and the gray lie not in the truth but what you do with the truth once you have it."

SYNOPSIS: A detective investigates the death of a patriarch of an eccentric, combative family.

This enriching whodunnit by Rian Johnson truly defines what going to the movies is all about as it pertains to the pure enjoyment factor.

Director: Rian Johnson
Writer: Rian Johnson
Total Film Awards: 45

Knives Out is the kind of film that will never fail to entertain. As a progressive mystery, Knives Out is a very fashionable movie with its grand ensemble of fresh and familiar faces. With some very snarky and slick writing, these characters are albeit memorable. The intensity of every moment that leaves you questioning the motive and action behind the titled crime scene is delivered in such a unique and well-crafted way.

TRIVIA: The police detective heard on the television series Marta's sister is watching is voiced by Joseph Gordon-Levitt, billed in the film's credits as playing Detective Hardrock. Gordon-Levitt has appeared in all five of the films Rian Johnson has directed.

From the marvelous cinematography (with those classic close-ups when a character is about to say something meaningful or tell a story through their imagination or memory) to the remarkable editing, the team behind Rian Johnson did a phenomenal job. The suspense is held at high levels, and it reaches limit-breaking points with Marta Cabrera's (Ana de Armas) narrative. Armas and Daniel Craig deliver the standout performances, with Chris Evans (Ransom) following right behind. Literally, everyone else offers excellent displays, and help carry a story filled with mystery, but also with a lot of humor.

Ransom Drysdale: "What is this, CSI: KFC?"

With one of the best screenplays of the year, the mystery at its center keeps everyone extremely captivated until the very end, even if you guess "who did it" beforehand. Masterfully written dialogue, remarkable editing, and great use of classic cinematography techniques. It's an entertaining story with tremendous replay value. Don't miss it.

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