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Knives Out (2019)

Followed by: Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (2022)

Directed by:
Rian Johnson
COUNTRY
USA

GENRE
Mystery

NORWEGIAN TITLE
Knives Out

RUNNING TIME
130 minutes

Produced by:
Ram Bergman
Rian Johnson
Written by:
Rian Johnson


Cast includes:

CHARACTER ACTOR/ACTRESS RATING
Benoit Blanc Daniel Craig
Hugh Ransom Drysdale Chris Evans
Marta Cabrera Ana de Armas
Linda Drysdale Jamie Lee Curtis
Walt Thrombey Michael Shannon
Richard Drysdale Don Johnson
Joni Thrombey Toni Collette
Detective Lieutenant Elliott LaKeith Stanfield

Meg Thrombey

Katherine Langford
Jacob Thrombey Jaeden Martell -
Alan Stevens Frank Oz -
Donna Thrombey Riki Lindhome -
Fran Edi Patterson -
Wanetta "Great Nana" Thrombey K Callan -
Harlan Thrombey Christopher Plummer
Mr. Proofroc M. Emmett Walsh -

 

Review

This modern murder mystery in the vein of those classic Agatha Christie stories struck a nerve with audiences and became one of the largest box offices successes over the Christmas period in 2019. And the success was warranted, because Knives Out was indeed a contemporary rarity a clever, slickly produced entertainment movie for an adult audience. Here was a picture utilizing old-fashioned tropes and storytelling techniques in its unmasked quest to devise a good-old whodunnit. The mystery itself may not be writer/director Rian Johnson's most remarkable accomplishment, but his playful directorial style and narration certainly is. Daniel Craig's creation of the scrupulous, verbose Benoit Blanc sees him far removed from James Bond and may well be his most delightful character, at least on this side of the 007 franchise. There is also a very devoted performance by the talented Ana De Armas as a girl caught in the middle of it all. Followed by a much less fresh and far more contrived sequel called Glass Onion in 2022.

Copyright 11.12.2023 Fredrik Gunerius Fevang

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