Knives Out
2019
In a sprawling old mansion, the members of an eccentric, quarrelsome clan gather to celebrate the patriarch's birthday. But the party is cut short when he's murdered -- and the remaining family members soon begin to turn on one another.

Evie Totty: “It ruled.”

Daniel Craig is magnificent in this! SO fun to watch! Evans - a bit of a hard sell for me after seeing him as the Lawful Good Captain America for the last 10 years or so.

Apparently the cable-knit sweater was the star of the movie though bahahaha.

Anyway, the mystery was cool. A bit of a thoughtful who-dun-it. I did have it figured out early on, but that might be because of a comment an actor said on Twitter about his character's interaction with ... other members of the cast. (Trying to keep it spoiler-free)

− December 30, 2019 • more by Evielog in or create an account to reply

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Erik Bates: “It ruled.”

A fun, funny, all-star, locked-room mystery. Felt like a modern-day Clue.

Also, Daniel Craig with a Southern drawl.

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Scott Hardie: “It was ok.”

I knew better than to fall for the false marketing on this one, but I let it affect me anyway. It had one of those trailers that promises a funny movie but you can just tell is stitching together the few light-hearted moments from an otherwise serious film. The marketing sold this as a lively ensemble comedy whodunit, but it's none of those things. It's serious in tone and mostly slow-paced, its ensemble cast recedes into the background after their introductions and it becomes a two-hander with Ana de Armas and Daniel Craig (why bother casting actors like LaKeith Stanfield and Riki Lindhome if you're barely going to give them any dialogue?), and the mystery itself is, shall I say without spoilers, unconventional.

I should have expected different from Rian Johnson's involvement. His whole deal as a filmmaker is subverting genre expectations. He made a detective noir with Brick that didn't look or feel like one. He made a sci-fi thriller with Looper that kept defying traditional payoffs. He made a Star Wars movie with The Last Jedi that destroyed some of the iconic elements of the series. I should have expected that when he made a murder mystery, it wouldn't have been the usual kind where you listen carefully for clues and try to stay a step ahead of the investigators; this one keeps refusing to let you do that. I applaud Johnson's ambition, but I wanted a more straightforward fun mystery to solve, and this definitely wasn't it.

− March 23, 2020 • more by Scottlog in or create an account to reply

Scott Hardie: According to IMDb, the teenaged, creepy, perverted, alt-right jerk always on his phone is based on the online trolls who criticized The Last Jedi. Yikes. I'm not defending trolls, but that's in poor taste. Take the high road, Rian Johnson. − March 23, 2020 • more by Scott

Scott Hardie: This reply contains spoilers. Reveal it. − March 23, 2020 • more by Scott

Evie Totty: This reply contains spoilers. Reveal it. − March 23, 2020 • more by Evie

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