Knives Out (8.5/10)
The circumstances surrounding the death of crime novelist Harlan Thrombey are mysterious, but there’s one thing that renowned Detective Benoit Blanc knows for sure — everyone in the wildly dysfunctional Thrombey family is a suspect. Now, Blanc must sift through a web of lies and red herrings to uncover the truth.
Knives out is probably one of my favorite movies of the year. This admiration is mainly because of these reasons:
1- The story: it was pretty clear, from the very beginning, that this film has one juicy and ambiguous story that will leave you in a complete state of lass and confusion. From minute one till the very last, the level of complexity kept on building up until it reached a point where everything exploded into one big elaborate mess that I am sure no one saw it coming. Well no one but “one”.
Despite being created in 2019, Knives Out’s story follow the very known who-done-it/detective story formula that always manages to capture the audience’s attention and keep us invested till the very last second. This formula helped in creating an immersive story that moviegoers will find absolutely fascinating and rather exciting.
2- The characters: for starters, this film has a big number of characters. But this was not a problem as, on the contrary, it was really cool. All the characters, leads, and the secondary characters were written with a dash of mystery, intelligence, and humor. Each one managed to shine on its own, with his/her unique characteristics and personality.
3- The acting: this is seriously the best part. As everyone knows, this film has a huge A-list cast starting from Mr Bond himself (Daniel Craig) to The Umbrella Academy’ Jaeden Lieberher. And everyone was seriously in his element. It is actually really fun seeing these veterans all coming together, being all serious yet not taking themselves seriously.
Ana De Armas, I am impressed. I literally was not expecting her to be this fascinating and this convincing. I LOVED HER PERFORMANCE.
Chris Evans as “the bad guy”, who thought he had it in him? Nevertheless, his performance was spot on.
Daniel Craig, well nothing but perfection was delivered from this English star.
Toni Collette. Jamie Lee Curtis, Katherine Langford and everyone else were really amazing and delivered really strong and convincing performances.
I really loved how each performer managed to interpret his/her character in a unique and clever way.
4- The cinematography, the camerawork, the frames each told a story of its own. It was pretty clear that a lot of good work was put into this.
5- The atmosphere: as previously mentioned, from the beginning, everyone involved in this work, managed to create a very tight and charged atmosphere and its intensity just kept on doubling and tripling and quadrupling until the last moment.
Ohh and guess what? I do not know if I already mentioned this, but this film is absolutely hilarious while still being super serious.
Believe it or not but Knives Out might just be one of this year’s biggest surprises because it is definitely one of the best.
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