Rian Johnson’s Knives Out is a wickedly fun ride, which is a must see for any whodunnit mystery thriller fan, or any anyone who want to see filmmaking at its best, or maybe anyone who just want to have good time with movies. This movie has it all for everyone! It is such a delightful spectacle that you dont want to miss. So, without waiting futher let’s start the Knives Out Review 2019.
So much is said about huge and extremely talented cast of the film; but that is only a one good part of the film, there are great many other things to enjoy as well. From meticulously crafted set design, lush and beautiful cinematography, sharp editing, a chilly thrilling score which perfectly suits to the theme of the film, a perfect murder mystery at the center of the story, also some social commentaries along the way without being preachy and of course those gorgeous sweaters!
Knives Out (2019)
The plot of the film is carefully crafted, and its apparent that there was quite a lot brainstorming done for that to achieve it. In the very starting scene of the film we see the overall structure of the house of Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer), a wealthy crime novelist, and these scenes show us exactly what kind if a person Thrombey is. And in the very next scene we see him dead in him room, on his sofa, with a knife in his hand and his bloody throat slit open. He had done a suicide, so it seems.
The detectives are hired to investigate the case, two chief detectives with Benoit Blanc(played adroitly by Daniel Craig), the famous detective who is hired by some unknown person, which even Blanc dont know whom. They object the dysfunctional family of Thrombey’s, this include; Harlan’s oldest daughter Linda(Jamie Lee Curtis) and her husband Richard(Don Johnson); Harlan’s son Walt (Micheal Shannon) and his wife Donna (Riki Lindhome), they have a son Jacob (Jaeden Martell); Harlan’s widowed daughter in law Joni (Toni Collette), and her daughter Meg (Katherine Langford); and Harlan’s nurse Marta (Ana de Armas). One of the family members doesn’t show up, Ransom (charismatic Chris Evans), son of Linda and Richard. He shows up later at will reading though.
From the interview of all the people from the family, it seems that they all have something to hide from the police but going through all the proofs and information, it seems to all that it was clear case suicide, but not to Blanc. He is determined to find the truth.
Later he does find the truth, but not his way, but instead the truth falls in his way itself. Rather than his finding the truth. He does of course lot of the detective stuff but it was his strangest case ever, as he later recollects.
Johnson gives the film a very comedic touch, which helps to a great extent, so much so that it feel whole different film without it, even way worse. All the aspects of the film are so intricately woven; there are secret stories going by of each character, each character have their motives, each character have their peculiarities and at the end all makes sense.
From the technical point of view, the film could have been no better. The acting was fabulous, a little over the top, which was maybe intentional, Craig’s accent was quite hilarious; the cinematography and production design could have been no better, it has that Gothic mystery feel at the same time being a modern outlook; the chilly score perfectly provides that feel of suspense; great camera work; and particularly one very well implemented car chase sequence. The film incorporates all the typical whodunnit mystery elements, at the same time offers something new and completely fresh film. Its a perfect entertainment without being mindless.