Knives Out

7.92 h 10 min2019X-RayPG-13
When renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey is found dead at his estate, the inquisitive Detective Benoit Blanc is mysteriously enlisted to investigate. From Harlan's dysfunctional family to his devoted staff, Blanc sifts through a web of red herrings and self-serving lies to uncover the truth behind Harlan's untimely death.
Rian Johnson
Ana De ArmasToni ColletteChristopher Plummer
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Don JohnsonMichael ShannonJaeden MartellRiki LindhomeChris EvansJamie Lee CurtisLakeith StanfieldDaniel CraigKatherine Langford
Rian JohnsonNikos KaramigiosRam BergmanLeopold Hughes
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jwwReviewed in the United States on November 27, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent movie mystery throwback
Back in the days of black-and-white, mystery films were quite common but as the years went by, they became less and less common with the mystery genre becoming the domain of television. This is a pity, because I like an old-fashioned mystery. Between this movie and Murder on the Orient Express, it's nice to see the genre make a comeback. Director/writer Rian Johnson was definitely trying to evoke an old school mystery film with this homage, and after seeing the trailers, I definitely wanted to see this. I even went to a farther away early access screening because I couldn't wait. I'm pleased to say this definitely met my expectations.

Knives Out is just a really well told movie. For 2 hr., 10 min., this is finely paced and edited. Johnson really knows how to steer the story, especially the beginning and introduction to the facts of the case.

Besides being a mystery, this movie is also a critique of privilege, which I felt Johnson managed to not beat the audience over the head with. The movie also has a good sense of humor.

The suspects consist of the Thrombey family, who from one extent to another all have leeched off of the money and success of patriarch and mystery writer Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer). They are such a delightfully self-entitled but diverse group of larger-than-life dysfunctional people. I'm a little disappointed that we didn't get more of them. (Ana de Armas' Marta Cabrera, Harlan's personal nurse, is the actual star of the film.) I especially thought that Linda Drysdale (Jamie Lee Curtis) is given short shrift.

The cast is excellent all the way through, and I just don't have time to mention everyone. The best performance is by Daniel Craig as Southern gentlemen detective Benoit Blanc. He just kills it as the eccentric and well-spoken detective. I also appreciate that Benoit isn't portrayed as a socially awkward, mircaulous wunderkind as is often the case with detectives these days. Benoit is definitely the smartest guy in the room, but solving the case is real work for him. Again, this is Ana's story. The trailers make Benoit look like the lead. Just don't want you to have false expectations. He is one of the biggest players, make no mistakes.

The movie looks great. The Thrombey estate is delightfully grand and old-fashioned looking and is decorated with a wide assortment of mystery-themed or antiquated bric-a-brac. The outfits all look great as well.

There is only one thing about this movie that bothered me. The score tries for a classic mystery feel to it but tries too hard. A couple times it felt like they were just blasting the music in my face.

Overall, this is just a very entertaining movie and definitely something for mystery fans.
1447 people found this helpful
HollieReviewed in the United States on December 14, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Political not entertainment
Ruined by political propaganda. Boring biased story line. Took what could have been a great movie and try to push an agenda. I wanted to be entertained not have political views crammed down my throat. I could have just watched the news... . What a waste of time!
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Joe BrantleyReviewed in the United States on January 6, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Pass on it, more "woke" politics!
More "woke" politics not so subtly inserted into the storyline. The movie bleeds out under the weight of it's political agenda and becomes boring crap.
1340 people found this helpful
Deik017Reviewed in the United States on December 7, 2019
1.0 out of 5 stars
Starts strong, then cascades into a jumble of nothing
The first 30 minutes of this movie were really, really good. The cinematography is gorgeous, the dialogue snappy, the editing engaging. But it all fell apart once the first twist is revealed and Rian Johnson starts getting self indulgent.

I really don't like that he likes to have meta lines about how stupid his writing decisions are as if that justifies them. For example, we get the most boring car chase in cinema and when it's over one character says "that has to be the dumbest car chase I've ever seen". The detective sounds like a Foghorn Leghorn parody and they point it out at the end of the movie as if that makes it any less ridiculous! The writing gets flat out stupid at times. There's a scene where the detective claims that the case is like a doughnut with a hole that needs to be filled by a doughnut hole. Our lead character can't lie or else she vomits uncontrollably.

A bad movie from a horrible writer.
765 people found this helpful
M. OlesonReviewed in the United States on December 5, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
A highly entertaining whodunit!
Theater review. Spoilers lurk. Some of my favorite movies are those involving great mysteries. Something from Agatha Christie like “Murder on the Orient Express” or “Death on the Nile” or Sherlock Holmes (not the ones with Robert Downey, Jr) or even TV’s “Columbo.” Here’s the latest example and it’s a good one.

Last seen directing “Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi,” Rian Johnson helms this familial who-done-it set in New England. A respected and wealthy novelist named Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) has just celebrated his 85th birthday. His entire family is there except for one grandchild, Ransom (Chris Evans). Others include daughter Linda (Jamie Lee Curtis) and her husband Richard Drysdale (Don Johnson), parents of Ransom. A son, Walt (Michael Shannon) and his wife Donna (Riki Lindhome), a daughter-in-law, Joni (Toni Collette) whose husband died, grandchildren Meg (Katherine Langford) and Jacob (Jaeden Martell). Also in the house was housekeeper, Fran (Edi Patterson) and Harlan’s nurse and caretaker, Marta (Ana de Armas).

The evening of the birthday, Harlan is found dead, apparently of suicide by slitting his own throat. As the film opens, a detective, Lt Elliott (LaKeith Stanfield), a State Trooper Wagner (Noah Segan) and a mysterious private detective named Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) are questioning the family and staff one by one.

Elliott is about to close the case but Blanc asks to keep things open for a while. Craig, goes from his native British accent to a syrupy southern drawl that seems perfect for the character, the American version of Hercule Poirot. When a few days later attorney Alan Stevens (Frank Oz) comes to read the will. The first one who shows up Ransom. As someone says, typical Ransom, missing from the birthday, first in line for the will reading.

As a surprise to everyone, Harlan’s fortune including the huge Victorian mansion and grounds, the book publishing corporation, book residuals amount to millions of dollars don’t go to those who expected them, but the person closest to him…Marta! In fact Ms. De Armas is the surprising lead actor in this thriller. She’s quite good in what has to be her biggest role.

The cornpone PI eventually manages to put it all together with help from Harlan’s way-old mother (K Callan). The film is full of surprises and wonderful humor. In one scene when Blanc first meets Ransom, Ransom asks, “What is this, CSI: KFC?” Family fun. Recommended.
589 people found this helpful
AmznAddictReviewed in the United States on December 5, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
A classic whodunnit set in modern times
I love it I love it I love it! I am a BIG fan of Poirot books and whodunnit mysteries and this one satisfied my itch. An original movie at that, how often do you see that these days! It's not based on a true story, or adapted from a book, or a sequel, or a comic book superhero/ video game movie. And what a refreshing take on a whodunnit this movie is! It is actually set in modern times, which honestly I didn't think you could do with how "sexy" modern mysteries and cop movies have become. Honestly I was kept guessing the entire time and I thought the whole plot was very satisfying with a neat bow to tie everything together. It does really remind me of Poirot in that all the information is there the entire time, it's not some ridiculous surprise like some modern mystery movies that try too hard and it doesn't make sense for that character to be the bad guy, they just make it so in order to have some crazy twist. I didn't know the answer, it was a difficult mystery to guess. However, if you were to watch it again you would see all the clues were there the whole time.

I have one tiny gripe with this movie. This movie can be a cult classic, but they added these political one liner quips as jokes ("SJW" this, "alt right troll" that) which are too contemporary and in a few years will seem really outdated. It is not intrusive to the movie, and in the end everyone shows their ugly true selves so it doesn't matter. To me these are one dimensional aspects of their personalities which can be switched to anything and it wouldn't affect the plotline.

Other than that, the movie is pretty much perfect and very entertaining. The main actress is perfect, her acting was incredible and she really did sell you on this kind hearted person but at the same time you are still guessing her intentions. She was very likable as the protagonist, a fantastic female lead without feeling like a Mary Sue or some of the infallible female characters you would see today with 0 flaws, who outsmarts everyone and saves the day. The main character feels like a real person, which is pretty rare to see for female characters these days. There is a lot of character depth which was written into the script and acted really well. I am very impressed as she is a younger actress that is less famous and is put up against such a strong cast. EVERY SINGLE ACTOR did a phenomenal job, no one outshines anyone, there are no weak links. Daniel Craig (no surprises here) was simply wonderful. He was so good to where I'm wondering if he's a fool or playing the fool on purpose the entire time. You will have to watch and see. I loved his over the top southern accent.

What. A. Treat!

I sincerely hope they make a sequel with Daniel Craig reprising his role as Detective Blanc, working a completely new case with an entire new cast. This could be the new Poirot!!
309 people found this helpful
K. R. C.Reviewed in the United States on February 7, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Outstanding, intelligent, extremely well-written, acted and filmed...
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This is a wonderful story, a mystery that keeps you guessing until the very end. Do you have to pay attention? Yes. Is it dialogue-driven and intelligent? Yes. Does it have a lot of explosions and car chases and well-choreographed fight scenes? No, although there's a bit of each.

Rather, this film just boasts great acting, great dialogue with witty and subtle humor, wonderful story-telling and a masterful stringing along of the plot so that you can figure just enough at any time without ever fully knowing what happened until the very end. Very enjoyable film!
250 people found this helpful
sjbReviewed in the United States on February 25, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
What a waste of time and money.
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Had been so looking forward to this coming out for rent on Prime and as soon as it did I watched it...should have given it a miss. Just another excuse for hollyweird to preach to us through 'entertainment' about their political views and wrap it up as a movie. The kid who does nothing wrong and barely speaks a word is repeatedly called a 'nazi' and 'alt right' because of him being conservative and well dressed, and the 'hero' of the story is illegal aliens who manage to get all of the fortune because, well, 'White people bad'... if you are leftwing you will love it, anyone else will wonder, as I am, why you wasted money on something stupid.
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