Knives Out revive the almost-forgotten whodunit genre!
Writer/Director Rian Johnson single-handedly revives the whodunit genre with Knives Out and deserve to applaud for doing a fantastic job bringing back. Not only does he create a detective we all can cheer for but also can get the job done. Add an ensemble cast and the case becomes noticeable to the audience who still loves a good whodunit. And Knives Out is the best to make it to the cinemas in the last few years, making it a not to be missed affair!
The name’s Blanc, Benoit Blanc
Daniel Craig’s Benoit Blanc is as different from James Bond as it could be; he is a sharp detective who likes to keep it to himself without the help of any gadget. Unlike James Bond, he doesn’t drive a fancy car or romances with beautiful ladies. In fact, he has more in common with Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot than any other fictional detective and that makes it all the more interesting. He solves the case with the audience, engaging them from the moment he makes his entry, till the time he apprehends the killer. In fact, he steals the show in every scene be it the one where is not even speaking, making it a must-watch flick for his fans.
The ensemble cast – the more the merrier!
A film with Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, Don Johnson, Michael Shannon, and Christopher Plummer can be anything but boring. They all play characters that are integral to the plot, in this case, a death that has been ruled as a suicide but could be murder. Is the eldest daughter behind the crime or is it her cheating husband or son who wants to remove the eventually-deceased from the frame. Then there is the youngest son who no one takes seriously, and the nurse who can’t lie despite trying. All the actors playing these characters make you forget about their famous personas and are suspects in this scenario, with motives that would seem realistic and selfish.
The whodunit we all were waiting for …
Rian Johnson may not be a novelist but if he puts Knives Out on paper, it will make Agatha Christie proud. The writer/director has done a fascinating job by creating characters that can be capable of murder and then using prominent actors in the film for those characters. He masterfully makes the audience notice his left hand before delivering the punch from the right, shocking all in the process. And yes, the murder before the titles would entice the fans of murder mystery because that’s the best kind of a murder, committed on screen. Watch it before the film gets replaced by Jumanji 2 or Star Wars; it may not be as big a production as the two, but it certainly makes you use your brain more.