I hereby find the defendant “Knives Out” guilty for being too star-studded, too twisty, and devilishly too much fun. To my complete bewilderment, this turned out to be one of the biggest surprises I’ve seen the entire year and I’m more than delighted to announce that it is almost everything a murder-mystery fan would hope for and more.
The films intrinsic 70’s style brings that same sensibility Rian is known for, mixing dark subject matter with a lighter touch and masterfully combining comedy and suspense in a wickedly entertaining package, its witty and hilarious dialogue will inspire hails of wry humor and laughter, it’s clever with its narrative, being diversive and thought-provoking with its original take on the whodunnit tale, the actors play tremendously off of one another while their characters are so witty and charming that even if you don’t like them, you’ll want to see more of them, the pacing is perfect, it’s presentation and writing is nearly sublime, it’s social commentary gives us insight as to why the idiom ‘kill ‘em with kindness is still every bit as effective in modern times especially considering the society we live in and while the story may not be as clever as Rian thinks it is, outside of the overall structure of the story and the mystery giving us a genuine breath of fresh air, Johnson’s direction once again subverts expectations in a way that keeps the story engaging and from getting too crazy (as crazy as it already is).
One of the best things about this movie is the fact you can’t give much away without spoiling. It places twist upon twist upon twist on top of one another and they’re all executed so well that once it was revealed who the culprit was, I just wanted to rewound and watch it again. I know for a fact that people have been giving Rian a lot of shit for what he did on The Last Jedi and it is understandable but I advise you to give this movie a shot. It’s got almost everything else you would expect to see in not only a great film but in a great murder mystery film.