Knives Out

Knives Out ★★★½

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This review may contain spoilers.

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Date Watched: Friday, October. 16, 2020 | How I Watched: blu-ray on blu-ray player

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Genre Challenge [2020]

Mouse Hunt #8

Our blu-ray player appeartly doesn’t like blu-ray’s anymore, he loves to post white grain on the image when I’m certain it wasn’t meant to be there. I probably should just not watch blu-ray’s on it.

Knives Out is directed by Rian Johnson. His directing is great. I haven’t seen any of his other films, but he was the right man for the job. I like that everything feels like it is in camera, without CGI to ruin the moment. This feels like one of those British murder mystery films or series, which is a inspired choice. The screenplay by Rian Johnson. was also really good. It had a great sense of dread, but also knows lighten up the mood.

And the cast is packed. Daniel Craig plays a fun Canadian P.I., which was refreshing to see him play. Our lead is played by Ana de Armas and her story was handled expertly. I love the way the story shifts how her character killed Christopher Plummer by accident and her trying to stay one step ahead of the P.I. Chris Evans was also really good as the real villain. Some other actors include the likes of Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Toni Collette, LaKeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford and Frank Oz in supporting or bit roles. All the actors delivered good performances.

Some other technical aspects like the cinematography and editing are superb too. I am happy that they didn’t colour grade the fuck out of it this one. Every actor and location is captured remarkably well. The editing by Bob Ducsay is sharp and tight. Even the running time flew by, even if this film is over two hours long. Nathan Johnson’s musical score is excellent. The music feels like a breath of fresh air compared to the bombastic music 90% of the modern releases have.

But something’s holding this film back for me, but I cannot point out or explain in words why something didn’t fully click with me. Maybe I need to rewatch this one soon to refresh my thoughts.

This is why I am going to give Knives Out 3½ out of 5 stars.

Note:
Watched via Belga Films’ blu-ray.

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