Monday, December 02, 2019

Knives Out

So folks, are we finally allowed to like Rian Johnson again? Now that he's back to doing what he does best: wildly original scripts that are a sheer joy to watch unfold onscreen. This time he enters the ensemble murder mystery genre and does his best Agatha Christie. He has gathered one of the juiciest casts in quite some time (including Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, Chris Evans, Daniel Craig, Michael Shannon, etc and even the voice of Miss Piggy herself Frank Oz). This eccentric, lousy white family is dealing with the death of the wealthy patriarch (Christopher Plummer) and Craig is a private detective who suspects foul play. There's comedy, there's suspense, and they're a super fun mystery that is slowly revealed and just when you think you have it figured out, you don't. And best of all Johnson slyly slips in some sharp commentary about the issues of today that makes this whole endeavor one of the most fun, charming, and original films of the year.  GRADE: A

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