In the age of superhero movies and horror flicks, something has been missing when you go into the movie theaters – a good mystery. We all know what to expect when we go into a superhero film now – a lot of action and a big fight and a resolution. But it’s been a while since we’ve had a good mystery film and one that will leave you guessing and wondering “whodunnit”.
Look around, the guy basically lives in a clue boardDetective Elliot
Later this week, Knives Out is hitting theaters – the murder mystery film that is brought so far into the now that it puts itself in the position it might get dated quickly. But in between the laughs is a cast you can’t deny and an actual mystery that will keep you questioning until the very end.
Cultural References make us Laugh But Will This Quickly Date the Movie?
Throughout the movie there are cultural references and one liners that will have the audience laughing. Even a family squabble about politics and throwing politically driven insults. While these moments did get some genuine laughs in the audience, there were also very hesitant ones mixed in as well.
Physical evidence can tell a full story with a false turnBenoit Blanc
These references are ones that are timely, but in five or even ten years, they wont be as relevant. It will, however, make just as much sense to future viewers as a flip phone or rotary phone. While this isn’t that huge of a deal, it may take away from a timelessness of the movie and detract future viewers from enjoying the film.
Where Knives Out Excels
Despite the few issues we had with Knives Out, the story is one that viewers will enjoy. With so many moving elements, so many characters and family members turning on each other – you will get wrapped up in the story. Each character is well defined and you instantly know which type of character they are playing and what they will be expected to do (or do you really?)
This is an efficient method of murder – I need to write this down.Harlan
One of the stand out actors, who not only received the most laughs in film was Chris Evans. In stark contrast to the last decade and his Captain America role, we find him in a role that is snarky and cursing. It could be the absurd contrast to the character we’re used to in, that made us laugh even harder.
Watch for the clues, the red herrings and all of the different bits that will build up the story of Knives Out for you. See if you can guess whodunnit before the movie is done – but keep it to yourself. The reveal is probably one of the best parts of the movie and one that you’re going to enjoy watching unfold.
Knives Out is in theaters on Thanksgiving, but select theaters are having early screenings this weekend. Be sure to check Fandango to see when the movie opens near you.
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About Knives Out:
Acclaimed writer and director Rian Johnson (Brick, Looper, The Last Jedi) pays tribute to mystery mastermind Agatha Christie in KNIVES OUT, a fun, modern-day murder mystery where everyone is a suspect. When renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) is found dead at his estate just after his 85th birthday, the inquisitive and debonair Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) is mysteriously enlisted to investigate. From Harlan’s dysfunctional family to his devoted staff, Blanc sifts through a web of red herrings and self-serving lies to uncover the truth behind Harlan’s untimely death. With an all-star ensemble cast including Chris Evans, Ana De Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Don Johnson, Michael Shannon, Toni Collette, LaKeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford and Jaeden Martell, KNIVES OUT is a witty and stylish whodunit guaranteed to keep audiences guessing until the very end.