KNIVES OUT (12)
D: Rian Johnson
Lionsgate/Media Rights Capital/T-Street (Ram Bergman & Rian Johnson)
USA 🇺🇸 2019
W: Rian Johnson
DP: Steve Yedlin
Ed: Bob Ducsay
Mus: Nathan Johnson
PD: David Crank
Daniel Craig (Benoit Blanc), Ana de Armas (Marta Cabrera), Chris Evans (Hugh Ransom Drysdale), Jamie Lee Curtis (Linda Drysdale), Michael Shannon (Walt Thrombey), Toni Collette (Joni Thrombey), Christopher Plummer (Harlan Thrombey)
Written and directed by Rian Johnson, Knives Out is a twist on an Agatha Christie style murder mystery played with some style by a magnificent ensemble cast.
The story is mostly shown from the perspective of Marta Cabrera, an emigre nurse and trusted aide to Harlan Thrombey, the patriarch of a family who have become incredibly wealthy due to his publishing empire. Daniel Craig also stars as an expert sleuth who is hired under mysterious circumstances to investigate the murder.
Found with his throat slit following his birthday celebrations, the mystery unravels as the family are once again reunited for both the police investigate and the reading of the will, and every single one of them are suspects.
The plot twist of this film is that we find out very early on in the film who is responsible for the death, but there's much more to this whodunit which makes for a very satisfying reveal in the final act.
Armed with great characters and witty one-liners, the film also hints at having an ulterior motive, with Rian Johnson having a sly dig at people who didn't enjoy his Star Wars movie (The Last Jedi, which was met with some very negative reviews, my own included). Of course, this is just a theory that can be treated with a pinch of salt, and as such, I'm not going to entertain the specifics.
As for the film itself, it's a very well crafted piece of work and possibly the most original of its genre to have hit the screen since 1985's Clue, which I thought was a fun film without being brilliant. However, this film is quite excellent and will certainly be amongst my favourite films of 2019.