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Knives Out (2019)

by Film Notions

Cluedo on Crack! Knives Out see’s writer director Rian Johnson back in the seat where he thrives. A dark comedic caper, film noir, slapstick spattered extravaganza. With exquisite writing, wonderful dialogue and stellar performances across the board, Knives Out is Johnson back on top form. He is a master of redefining a genre by giving it a fresh and vibrant update.

Brick was one of my favourite films of 2005. It was actually one of my most anticipated films that year, and when I got to see it at the cinema it blew me away. It was like nothing I had ever seen before. A film noir set in a high school, with it’s own made-up language throughout. Sounds like a bit of a train wreck I know, but somehow, he and Joseph Gordon-Levitt made it work, and work extremely well. If you haven’t seen it, I urge you to source it out.

After a slightly mediocre second film, in The Brothers Bloom, it was Looper that really got everyone to sit up and notice Johnson. Again, implementing those film noir traits but this time with a Sci-Fi background. I’m sure you’ve all seen it, but another MUST SEE film.

In Knives Out, Johnson breathes new life into the Christie-Style Whodunnit and gives it a dysfunctional shove into the 21st century. The first and obvious method is to put together an incredible ensemble cast. It doesn’t get much better. Daniel Craig, Christopher Plummer, Toni Collette, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Chris Evans, Don Johnson, LaKeith Stanfield and Ana de Armas. If that doesn’t get you in…

Out of all the wonderful performances (There’s not one mediocre one) Daniel Craig is a delight in this very refreshing role as a Deep Southern American ‘Kentucky Fried’ version of Hercule Poirot. Ana de Armas honestly blows this out of the water! She’s perfect, nailing every scene with high and heartfelt emotion. I also loved Collette and Don Johnson, and also Noah Segan (who as been in every RJ film) is really great as the fanboy detective. But a film is only as good as it’s script, and this a banger! Twists, turns, witty dialogue, and 100% pure entertainment. Knives Out is utterly dysfunctional, entirely surprising, and outright hilarious!