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Knives Out - Review (London Film Festival 2019)

Murder He Wrote. 5 / 5

Directed by Rian Johnson. When renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey is found dead at his estate just after his 85th birthday, the inquisitive and debonair Detective Benoit Blanc 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.

London Film Festival, you are treating me. Knives Out is everything I ever wanted it to be and more. Exceeding my expectations and instantly becoming not just one of the best of the year, but getting into my all-time favourites.

Rian Johnson has struck gold, writing and directing a smart and stylish whodunnit murder mystery, making it hilarious, unpredictable, and wholly entertaining.

The large ensemble cast brings so much to the table with unique and complex characters. Ana de Armas gives a stand-out performance, so glad to see her getting bigger roles and it was so refreshing to see Daniel Craig having fun with his stereotypical sleuth character.

Energetic camera work, a tight and witty script, and a fast pace make this modern take on the classic mystery genre such a joy to watch.

Giving you the right amount of information at the right time, it pulls you in with the intriguing plot and provides so many laugh out loud moments especially with some of the character interactions. The chemistry between the whole cast made for a brilliant family dynamic and keeps you guessing until the big reveal.

It twists and turns and keeps you on the edge of your seat, I haven't had this much fun in the cinema for a long time. Some cases might come with a hole in the middle, but this film is solid throughout.

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