Grade: A- Knives Out delivers a fun experience that keeps audiences on their feet until the credits roll.
Ever since I was a kid, the mystery genre has captured my attention. I read several Hardy Boys novels at an early age and the popular board game, Clue, remains one of my favorites. Solving mysteries is naturally liked by most humans due to the human nature factor of curiosity. The unknown is a great topic for discussion among humans and it can always make for a great plot in a movie. When I first saw the trailer for Director Rian Johnson’s Knives Out, I was in from the second it started.
The concept just sounded like fun to me. A family as prime suspects in a murder is bonkers alone. Throw in the fact that the victim is a member of the family and you have a very intriguing plot. The movie touts one amazing cast filled with talented actors that all give memorable performances. Out of them all, the most distinguished is Daniel Craig’s character Detective Blanc. We all know that Daniel Craig is British. So British that he is currently James Bond. In Knives Out, Craig puts on a Colonel Sanders type accent. When I first heard it, I thought it was silly, but he sells it so well you forget that he is British while watching the movie. Craig is such a talented actor and he really shines in Knives Out.
While each member of the family gives their testimony, the audience gets to take a peek into the crazy family dynamics of the Thrombey Family. Some family members’ stories check out while others simply don’t add up. While the Lieutenant interviews each member, the audience gets a glimpse of how each family member perceives each other. This has its share of laughs.
While Knives Out does let the “cat out of the bag” somewhat early on in the two hour and ten minute runtime, it often throws curveballs which keeps the audience guessing. Once you think you have it figured out, another piece of the puzzle is introduced.
Grab as many of your murder mystery solving friends as you can and get the latest “whodunnit” done. Knives Out is not to be missed and it was one of the best times I have had at the movies this year.