Who would have thought that a whodunit murder mystery would be the perfect genre for Rian Johnson? Maybe its because Johnson wanted to get as far away as he could from “The Last Jedi,” or it could be that Johnson always loved subverting the audiences’ expectations, and no other type of movie does that more effectively than an old-fashion murder mystery.
As such, “Knives Out” excels at its unpredictability, making every character so vile and filled with rage and hate that violence could erupt at any moment, perfectly portrayed in every performance from an ensemble cast, such as Toni Collette, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Chris Evans and Don Johnson. And yet, there’s a surprising refreshing sense of humor throughout the film, where over analysis often comes across as incompetence, especially from the two leads played by Ana de Armas and Daniel Craig. The framing device makes “Knives Out” even more unique, as many flashbacks play out after the questions but before the answers so that the lies and personalities hit that much harder. “Knives Out” is a whodunit that is worthy of standing next to the other great murder mysteries and one that will certainly hold up over repeat viewings.
Final Grade: A-