By Drake Vittitow
There are some sub-genres of films that are meant to be seen on the small screen.
Classic whodunit movies are very hard to find these days. Of course, you have the board game based “Clue” that was released in 1985 and was a sleeper hit.
More recently, movies like the remake of “Murder on the Orient Express” and “Scream” have also had their success at the box office, but these movies pale in comparison to their small screen counterparts.
Shows like “Twin Peaks,” “True Detective” and “The Killing” dominated the ratings in their peak years.
“Knives Out” might just be the one that trumps not only its competition on the silver screen, but on the small screen as well.
Directed by Rian Johnson (Brick, Star Wars: The Last Jedi), “Knives Out” tells the story of a detective that investigates the death of a patriarch of a peculiar and quarrelsome family.
I had high expectations going into the movie because of how lively the trailers looked. I was also apprehensive because I know that movies with tons of star actors does not always pan out (cheers to you “Valentine’s Day”), but the characters in this movie are the driving force in this movie.
Daniel Craig gives his most over-the-top performance ever by playing a southern-drawn sleuth who has a knack for solving mysteries.
When I first heard his voice, all I could think of was Michael Scott’s voice when the office is playing the mystery murder game. I started questioning if it would work for the entire movie. It did. He owns this movie.
Another show stealer is Ana de Armas (Blade Runner 2049). This is one of her first main roles in a movie and she is excellent.
Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, LaKeith Stanfield, and every other member of this movie deliver their roles perfectly. That is a problem with star-studded casts; it is easier to tell who is simply doing the movie for the paycheck and who is really showing out in their role.
Another aspect of this movie that really makes this movie different than the other mystery movies out there is the amount of information it gives the audience early on. This approach makes the audience sit back and think about the process of solving the mystery themselves.
Instead of going into the movie saying, “Alright, let’s see which one of these crazy characters committed the crime,” the movie gives you a little bit of information that you do not expect, and this information makes you second guess yourself for the entire movie.
This movie also does a great job in balancing its tension with its comedy. You never feel like the tension is drifting away from you because of a couple of jokes. Johnson does a spectacular job of making the audience tense while throwing in comedic elements at the same time.
“Knives Out” is the exact movie that I wanted it to be. Everything from the cast to the dialogue makes this a smart and witty movie that should not be missed by any moviegoer.
Sherlock Holmes couldn’t have written it any better himself.