Sunday, December 1, 2019

Review: "Knives Out" is a classically styled whodunit that's loads of fun

Knives Out Review
Every decade needs its own personal "Ocean's Eleven."

A fun, slick movie featuring a whose-who of A-list stars who are having so much fun while actually creating characters. While the George Clooney "Ocean's Eleven" may have been a remake of a movie from 1960, the 2001 version is quite different. "Knives Out" is an original idea, but I love that writer director Rian Johnson has made something that will fit nicely on your DVD shelves next to "Clue," "And Then There Were None," "The Murder on the Orient Express," "The House on Haunted Hill," and "Murder By Death." 

I am a sucker for this type of movie. I love murder mysteries and I love when they take place in a closed off place, like a house or train, and that the killer is lurking somewhere close by. I grew up obsessed with Clue, the only board game I was really obsessed with. I am just a sucker for this type of thing, so maybe I have a bias. But hey, "Knives Out" could have still been pure shit even though it had everything going for it. I am happy to report that is not the case. You are going to have loads and loads of fun watching "Knives Out."

This is going to be a shorter review. I don't want to get into the secrets and the twists and turns the movie takes. Its a whodunit murder mystery, of course its going to have twists and turns. This is a movie where the less you know about it, the more you are going to love it. Its classically styled murder mystery. The movie begins with a dead body. Then the police are going through the suspects. Of course, everyone has some type of motive for killing the person who is dead. But apparently it looks like a suicide. There is a detective working as a consultant, and he believes its not suicide, but indeed a murder. The board is set and the pieces are moving. The whole movie has been entertaining up to that point.

Then the movie throws its first curveball. It shows exactly how the person died, we find out who killed them. So suddenly, the movie isn't going to be a movie about finding out who did the killing, but whether or not the killer gets caught. Still, there are factors that are still unknown. The consultant is contacted by a mysterious benefactor, who contacted the consultant is also part of the movie. Perhaps there are other factors too, but that would be giving too much away.

The movie entertaining because, well, how could it not? The cast includes Daniel Craig, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, Michael Shannon, Lakeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford, Christopher Plummer, Chris Evans, Don Johnson, Frank Oz and Ana de Armas. That's a stellar cast, they all know what's expected of them and they just let loose. The movie is very funny throughout, but you'll have too much fun trying to figure out the mystery of it all. Trying to pick a favorite performance is an impossible task. Collete is her usual self. Chris Evans makes for an interesting asshole after playing the do-gooder, boy scout Captain America for years. But just wait until to hear Daniel Craig's goofball Southern accent. Oh my god, what a riot.

You've definitely seen the trailers. You've heard about this movie. You know the players involved. All you have to ask yourself you want to see it? I can answer that for you. You do. You really, really do. The crowd my dad and I saw this with was having just as much fun as we were. This is a crowd-pleaser. A great time at the movies. So do you want to see it? Yes, you do.


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