Knives Out Left Me With That Good-Movie Boost
Rian Johnson shows he has skills with yet another genre* by directing Knives Out, which is 130 minutes of delight. This movie could have been weighted down by its stellar cast,** but everything clicks and jibes along as the pieces fall into place. The mystery is well-crafted,*** the movie is funny, and the mansion shows off some great set decoration, including an amazing chair.
The verdict: Recommended
Where watched: St. Johns Twin Cinema with S. North
Consider also watching:
*Noir (Brick), sci-fi time travel (Looper), franchise action/adventure/sci-fi (The Last Jedi), things for the band the Mountain Goats
**There’s something enjoyable about watching actors who seem to be enjoying the acting they are doing. Ana de Armas is the linchpin who makes the movie work, and I especially loved Noah Segan as the fawning Trooper Wagner. Also, hasn’t Christopher Plummer had a good run lately?
***Though what do I know? My brain isn’t good at solving mysteries. I’m always surprised when it comes time to figure out who done what.
- What was the most egregious action performed by any member of the Harlan Thrombey’s family?
- If you had to live with one of Harlan Thrombey’s family members, which would you choose?
Favorite IMDB trivia item:
Despite playing his mother in the film, K Callan is actually six years younger than Christopher Plummer.
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