I went into viewing Knives Out with skepticism, given that the film was written and directed by Rian Johnson, the man behind the disaster titled Star Wars: The Last Jedi. But simply put, this film is a masterpiece. Rian chose a setting many are familiar with, an isolated mansion, wide array of eccentric characters and your typical “who dunnit?” setup. He took this overdone murder-mystery genre and produced a beautifully compelling film that was both funny and provided characters that had an impressive amount of depth, mainly Marta (Ana de Armas) and Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig). Their performances are nothing short of incredible and bring to life characters that are both interesting and easy to root for. Daniel Craig’s southern accent is an amazing contrast to his suave, James Bond background and he easily steals the show with his intelligent, funny, quirky and genuine persona: private investigator Benoit Blanc.
The Thrombey home is visually fascinating and contains many interesting props, pictures and posters that had me searching for clues over the entire film. The movie is far more complicated than one sole person being responsible for a murder and the layers of the crime unfold up to the very end of the film with wonderful pacing. The rest of the supporting cast also deliver memorable performances and their odd, privileged give great color and humor to the movie, Jamie Lee Curtis stood out in particular in this regard.
There are very little flaws in the film and although it does an award-worthy job of creating a unique narrative overtop a tired setting, the use of a Clue style murder-mystery frame for the story is what holds it back from being a true 10/10 original screenplay. Knives Out is by far one of the best films in 2019 and hopefully the rumored sequels following Daniel Craig’s Benoit Blanc will come to fruition.