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Movie Review: ‘Knives Out’ an entertaining mystery

December 13, 2019 by Brett LaBore


Sometimes I go to the movies and get surprised in a good way. Whether it was a wrong perception or a terrific performance, I like getting surprised in a good way. That is what happened when I went to see “Knives Out.”

“Knives Out” came out Nov. 27 and stars Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, Ana de Armas, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Toni Collette and Christopher Plummer.

It was written and directed by Rian Johnson. 

In a classic whodunit movie, Benoit Blanc is called on to figure out a mystery involving the death of Harlan Thrombey. He leaves no stone unturned as he figures out what happened, suspecting everyone in the family.

I like murder mystery movies like this as I try to figure out who did it right alongside the characters in the movie. When the credits started rolling, I was thoroughly surprised at how much I liked it.

It’s a whodunit movie, but it has a twist. The audience is given more details than they are used to. You get put in a position that most whodunits don’t go to. It was a different take that I really liked.

This was one of those movies that I was glued to the screen. It started slow, but once it hit a certain point and I figured out what direction it was going to take, I was hooked.

This is a movie that creates great suspense and gets the most out of its spine-chilling scenes. I kept on getting surprised by the twists.

Yes. There are twists. And these twists make the ending that much more entertaining and so much more fun. 

And this is the type of film that makes you think. You think about what you would do, how you would approach certain events and what drives yourself.

The performances by all of these wonderful actors is exceptional. Everyone is used to Evans as Captain America, but he really sold his character well.

I really liked Curtis, another popular actress. She delivered well here and I’m glad she was in the film. Armas’ performance is good. I’d never seen her in a movie before and I liked what she did.

The best performance by far comes by Craig. Like Evans, I’m used to Craig as James Bond. I’ve never seen him outside a Bond movie.

The second he started talking I was taken aback. He sounded and acted completely different than I’ve ever seen him before, and I loved every second of it. He absolutely delivers in this role and he was sensational. 

Johnson’s script is something I want to point out. It was so fresh and original. There wasn’t anything that made me scratch my head. He took his time to tell a complete story that made sense. That can be hard in murder mystery movies.

He also directed the movie with close-ups of characters and provided little bits of information to the audience here and there that I liked. 

This is a type of movie I feel most people will like. With the holidays in full swing, a trip to the theater on a cold, wintry day is always a fun idea. And this is a great movie to see. It’s entertaining and fun and challenges you to think and follow along.

Not much bad to say here. The only thing is that you get a lot of information at the end and it can be hard to take it in initially. But it was necessary for the plot and the story. 

“Knives Out” surprised me in being a suspenseful, entertaining film that I am so glad I checked out and one I hope you check out as well.

Brett LaBore may be reached at [email protected] or [email protected]

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