Knives Out (2019)

Rian Johnson directs Daniel Craig, Ana De Armas and Chris Evans in this ensemble murder mystery were a private detective tries to solve the death of a millionaire crime novelist.

Chris Evans > Daniel Craig. Toni Collette steals the show. They’ve been spoofing this form since the 1930s. In fact, I’m struggling to think of a completely straight faced release in my lifetime, away from prestige Agatha Christie adaptations. A wonderful cast and some nice wriggles keeps this chugging along steadily but I’ll be honest and admit I never felt lost. Knives Out never reaches a head of steam where you feel overwhelmed by the tightening tale. Part of the joy of these things, beyond seeing a load of good faces bounces off each other, is to have the rugged pulled from under you a few times. Knives Out is so painstakingly soft furnished you get the feeling the production designer wouldn’t allow the carpets to be tugged at, blood stained or even ran across. A very beautiful Cluedo board is set-up, the rules are certainly subverted but you end up spectating the board game rather than rolling the dice and mucking in yourself. Bright larks, all the same. That Rian Johnson sure dictates bold, colourful images.

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