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Knives Out (2019)

Directed by Rian Johnson

Mystery | Comedy | Drama

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Overview

When renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey is found dead at his estate just after his 85th birthday, the inquisitive and debonair Detective Benoit Blanc is mysteriously enlisted to investigate. From Harlan’s dysfunctional family to his devoted staff, Blanc sifts through a web of red herrings and self-serving lies to uncover the truth behind Harlan’s untimely death.

Rated PG-13 | Length 130 minutes

Actors

Christopher Plummer | Michael Shannon | Riki Lindhome | M. Emmet Walsh | Toni Collette | Frank Oz | Daniel Craig | Jamie Lee Curtis | Chris Evans | Joseph Gordon-Levitt | Don Johnson | K Callan | Noah Segan | Marlene Forte | Edi Patterson | Ana de Armas | Raúl Castillo | Lakeith Stanfield | Jaeden Martell | Octavia Chavez-Richmond | Katherine Langford | Shyrley Rodriguez | Kerry Frances | Gary Tanguay

Viewing Notes

Was excited when I saw the early access screenings available even tho I’m averse to Friday night screenings. Figured at least that anyone jumping at getting the early bird tickets really wants to see the film and will behave. I was correct. Great audience for this that was really into the movie and the comedy.

Glad I got to see it with a good crowd since I missed it at Fantastic Fest and my usual movie going habits would’ve led to a mostly empty theater during the daytime. It’s nice when the crowd gets the humor and laughs and claps at all the right moments.

This cast is terrific. I miss these kinds of ensemble casts. Even with the 2+ hour runtime I feel we still get shortchanged on some of the characters. Like you’ve got Michael Shannon yet I feel he’s barely used. I’m okay with Daniel Craig getting a lot of screen time b/c he’s so good and that character is so much fun. I’d love to see him return in more films and it would be cool to have different directors have a stab at it w/new murder mystery stories.

This could make my top 25. I’d like to see it again.

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