Knives Out (2019) Movie Review


A detective travels to a lush estate to interview the quirky relatives of a patriarch who died during his 85th birthday celebration.

Knives Out is a thriller, a thinker, and a laugher!

Written and directed by Rian Johnson (Looper & Star Wars: The Last Jedi), the film is full of stars like Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Michael Shannon. But what seems like a simple murder mystery Clue-type movie might not be all that it seems…

Might contain some spoilers…

Knives Out seems like a simple story, solving the murder mystery of a rich & influential 85 year old man, but with every turn comes another twist. Honestly, I don’t think a single scene can spoil this movie for you. It’s a classic enough whodunit movie to please the viewers who are looking for a straight-forward mystery but it still takes risks that’ll make you rethink your own theories. Hardly any dull moments!

And from the minor characters all the way to the lead suspects, everyone plays a vital role in telling Johnson’s story. If not for anything else, this movie is a solid mashup of so much star power! Daniel Craig as the private investigator Benoit Blanc was as suave as he was cunning. And every actor playing the kin of Christopher Plummer’s character Harlan Thrombey was as convincingly innocent as they were guilty. Amazing performances by all!

In my opinion, what made Knives Out stand out was its humor. You get a whiff of it in the trailer but the movie is riddled with as many hilarious jokes as suspense. It’s clever & witty, which makes it that much darker when the movie gets ominous.

Surprise after surprise pays off in the end, and makes sense too, filling in the blanks of the mystery and perfectly tying everything together. The Last Jedi writer/director really brought his “A game” with Knives Out.

Overall: 9/10

P.S. No need to stick around for any mid or post-credits scene, but feel free to take a look at all the talent that made this masterpiece happen!

Knives Out is rated PG-13 with a running time of 130 minutes and hits theaters November 27, 2019.

Written & directed by Rian Johnson.

Starring Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Toni Collette, Lakeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford, Jaeden Martell, and Christopher Plummer.