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Knives Out (Parent And Baby Screening) (12A)

Cast: Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, Don Johnson, Toni Collette, Lakeith Stanfield, Ana de Armas, Daniel Craig, Christopher Plummer, Michael Shannon
Genre: Thriller
Author(s): Rian Johnson
Director: Rian Johnson
Release Date: 27/11/2019
Running Time: 130mins
Country: US
Year: 2019

Wealthy crime novelist Harlan Thrombey presides over a large dysfunctional family including his daughter Linda and son Walter, Linda's husband Richard, widowed daughter-in-law Joni and grandchildren Ransom and Megan. The old man invites all his kin to his large mansion for an 85th birthday party but festivities are cut short by arguments and recriminations. That night, after doting carer Marta Cabrera has given the novelist his medication, Harlan apparently commits suicide.




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Knives Out (12A)

After the creative misstep of Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi, writer-director Rian Johnson returns to the detective genre, which served him well for his award-winning 2005 debut feature Brick, to pay loving tribute to Agatha Christie with a tongue-in-cheek country house whodunit. Knives Out assembles a starry cast of prime suspects including Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette and Michael Shannon and cleverly conceals the murderer’s identity until a classic final act revelation…

Knives Out. Copyright: 2018 MRC II Distribution Company LP. Caption: Jamie Lee Curtis as Linda Drysdale, Christopher Plummer as Harlan Thrombey, Don Johnson as Richard Drysdale, Michael Shannon as Walter Thrombey and Jaeden Martell as Jacob Thrombey in Knives Out, directed by Rian Johnson. Photo: Claire Folger. All Rights Reserved.Johnson’s script lovingly embraces the tropes of a murder mystery while fishing for red herrings, assembling the accused in a wood-panelled drawing room for a private detective’s pithy summation replete with overlapping flashbacks. Curiously, the film’s weakest link is the brilliant mind in charge of the case: a dashingly tailored sleuth played by Daniel Craig with a hammy accent fried in the same Deep South swamp as Steven Soderbergh’s 2017 caper Lucky Logan, in which Craig played a heavily tattooed convict. It’s a self-consciously showy turn a la Hercule Poirot without the Belgian’s psychological and emotional complexity. Supporting performances are more convincing including Collette’s droll lifestyle doyenne and Ana de Armas’s nurse, who is the only member of the household to shed tears when her master shifts his mortal coil in suspicious circumstances.

Wealthy crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) presides over a motley crew of dysfunctional relatives, who have their beady eyes on his vast fortune. These self-serving loved ones include his daughter Linda (Curtis) and her husband Richard (Don Johnson), son Walter (Shannon) and his wife Donna (Riki Lindhome), widowed daughter-in-law Joni (Collette) and the three grandchildren: Ransom (Evans), Megan (Katherine Langford) and Jacob (Jaeden Martell). The cantankerous old coot invites his kin to an 85th birthday party at his large mansion but festivities are cut short by arguments and recriminations. Later that same night, after doting carer Marta Cabrera (de Armas) has given Harlan his medication, the novelist apparently commits suicide by slitting his throat with a ceremonial dagger. Detective Lieutenant Elliott (Lakeith Stanfield) and Trooper Wagner (Noah Segan) attend the scene to deduce the chain of events leading to the homeowner’s grim demise. Quixotic private detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) hovers in the background, closely observing family members including Great Nana (K Callan). “I would like to request that you all stay until the investigation is completed,” purrs the detective as he gathers evidence to paint a very different picture of Harlan’s final moments.

Knives Out enjoys pulling the rug from under us as characters’ ulterior motives are exposed with flashes of directorial brio. Pieces of an elaborate puzzle slot satisfyingly into place as the ensemble cast have fun with their colourful roles, concealing deviousness and greed behind angelic smiles. Many suspects fall from grace with a thud but Johnson’s entertaining picture stays firmly upright.

– Sam Cannon

Knives Out. Copyright: 2018 MRC II Distribution Company LP. Caption: Jamie Lee Curtis as Linda Drysdale, Christopher Plummer as Harlan Thrombey, Don Johnson as Richard Drysdale, Michael Shannon as Walter Thrombey and Jaeden Martell as Jacob Thrombey in Knives Out, directed by Rian Johnson. Photo: Claire Folger. All Rights Reserved.


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