2019 ( USA ) ( Comedy, Crime, Drama )
DIRECTOR: Rian Johnson
STARRING: Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas
Director Rian Johnson shakes the cobwebs off the whodunit genre and gives it a stylish, wickedly entertaining life for a new generation. He has a blast fooling us about who killed crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) on his 85th birthday, his throat slit with a dagger by his side. Suicide or murder? That’s the cue for suave detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) to round up the usual suspects at the author’s gothic country estate. With double bluffs and knowingly byzantine plot twists, Knives Out nimbly swerves around the pitfalls of murder mysteries past. Full of rhythmic verve and pithy humour, this is uproariously entertaining film-making.
So play detective, and see if you’re right. It’s all terrific, twisted fun that actually does keep you guessing until the deliciously slippery end.