‘Knives Out’ is the murder mystery I needed to see and I’m sad I didn’t watch it sooner.

Story

The story starts with the death of Walter Thrombey. After his funeral, his death is ruled a suicide. However private investigator Benoit Blanc believes his death is a murder and sets out to find out what happened and who may or may not be responsible.

Acting

I really don’t have to talk about how much I adore this cast. Don Johnson, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Sheen, Anna de Armas, Chris Evans and Daniel Craig. There was no way the acting wouldn’t be good. When you have these actors in it, it’s a prerequisite. Everyone here brought their A-game and because of that, the movie feels so much better than its counterparts. All the characters have such distinct personalities that when they come together, there is bound to be friction. While they don’t always feel like a family their sweet moments hit harder. That being said, they’re all terrible people and I love it because this kind of story and terrible people is a breeding ground for chaos.

Writing/Direction

This is Rian Johnson’s first movie since Star Wars: The Last Jedi, and I’m happy that he was able to show that he is a good filmmaker because he was heavily roasted for some of his directorial decisions in that movie. (And I still haven’t seen it. One day dear reader.) That is to say that I’m happy he’s released a movie that is seen as good across the board. And I’ll tell you why I say that.

CGI/Set Design

This is a good looking movie, and visually, it fits in with movies of its genre even though tonally it does not. Steve Yedin, the cinematographer and Rian Johnson managed to craft shots that let you know what you’re in for without telling you. For example, look at the Thrombery house…

Still from Knives Out (2019)

Score/Soundtrack

The score is probably the one aspect of the film that I’m not going to rave about and not for the reason you think. It isn’t bad, not by any stretch, I actually liked it a lot, however, I don’t remember much about it. I was too focused on what was going on for me to give it my full attention. Maybe when I watch the film a second time, I’ll have more to say. (I’m definitely watching the movie a second time.)

Overall Thoughts

Usually, when it comes to movies of this genre, I watch it once or twice and that’s it because you recognise the story beats and the so-called twist at the end isn’t surprising, but something about this movie makes me want to watch it again and again. It’s fun, witty and chaotic in the best possible way and it’s been a while since I watched a movie that I enjoyed this much. (No joke my internet cut out while I was watching it and I legit screamed.)

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