Knives Out


Review: A murder mystery where a detective investigates the death of an author. It is first believed to be suicide then the detective suspects foul play.
Director: Rian Johnson
Actors: Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Toni Collette, LaKeith Stanfield, Christopher Plummer, Katherine Langford, Jaeden Martell, Riki Lindhome, Edi Patterson, Frank Oz and K Callan
Year: 2019
Genre: Comedy, Crime and Drama
Conclusion: 4/5
A brilliant Agatha Christie type whodunit set in the modern day. Directed by Rian Johnson whose work includes Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017). He has done an amazing job directing this film. The charismatic cast list includes Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Toni Collette and Christopher Plummer. Watching this I actually felt l believed in the characters and also cared about them. This is a very unusual role for Daniel Craig to do. It is a very well put together film which keeps you on your toes all the way through. Usually with films like this they can be totally predictable but with this I never knew what was coming round the corner. I did find it hard to get into at the beginning, but only because I didn’t really know what to expect. Once I worked out what it was about I really started getting into it. The story and the plot-line then picked up after a relatively weak start. I thought it was really well edited. Some of the interiors of the Thrombey Mansion were filmed at Ames Mansion in Easton, Mass. The exterior of the house that was used is a gothic revival mansion built in 1890, located outside Boston, although the location contractually cannot be revealed by the production. The script was well written with some really funny one liners that took you by surprise. There is already talk of there being a sequel to this film. The heroine of this film is played by Cuban actress Ana de Armas, who is probably not very well known to cinema audiences. However, we will see Daniel Craig and Ana de Armas reunite for No Time To Die (2020). In my opinion she gives a brilliant performance and she holds the whole film together. I came out thinking that we could all do with more films like this. I had the privilege of seeing this film in one of the country’s most beautiful heritage cinemas, The Rex in Berkhamsted. This is an independent Art Deco masterpiece which dates from the 1930’s and has been lovingly restored by the local community. 

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