Review: Knives Out
Do you suspect foul play?
Private investigator Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) has been called in to assist Detective Elliott (Lakeith Stanfield) in the mysterious death of Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) while nearly his entire family is in the house. Elliott is ready to label it as a suicide, but Blanc was sent on this case anonymously and suspects there's more to the story. Everyone is a suspect.
I've always loved director Rian Johnson's movies. Brick remains in top 5 of all time and of course I loved his last outing, The Last Jedi. I've been anticipating this since it was announced and it thankfully lived up to all of the hype.
I've read more "whodunits" then I have watched films about them. This is like a modern Agatha Christie novel only funnier. The script was smart, it kept you guessing and it had plenty of smaller things thrown in that came back later. I had a few cocktails before watching this so I wasn't trying too hard to guess who I thought was responsible for his death. I was happy to just be along for the ride.
This is a great ensemble cast but there are two standouts: Daniel Craig, and Ana de Armas, who plays Marta, Harlan's nurse. After seeing Craig in Logan Lucky I wished he would do more comedy and I got everything I could've asked for her. He's truly hysterical. Ana is the heart of the film and the one character we spend the most time with. I think she gives a wonderful performance too. The only highly credited actor that doesn't have as much to do is Jaeden Martell, but he's the butt of so many jokes that it's worth it.
It does end up being a bit predictable in parts but the entire film was such a joy to watch that it doesn't dampen it too much. Knives Out feels truly unique as you don't quite see films like this getting made anymore.
Memorable Quote: "Like that little nazi boy masturbating in the bathroom." - Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig)