Rian Johnson could have opted for the easy path and get to work on his new Star Wars trilogy after the premiere of 'The Last Jedi', but the director of such esteemed tapes as 'Brick' or 'Looper' preferred to retrieve an idea that He had been around his head since 2010. A mystery tape inspired by the novels of Agatha Christie that has finally shaped 'Knives Out'.
Johnson has told the occasion with a cast full of familiar faces to tell us the story of the mysterious death of Harlan Thrombey - a name that makes a direct homage to one of the novels of ‘Choose your own adventure. For this, he has chosen to machine an elegant and addictive game that mixes mystery with comedy brilliantly.
‘Knives Out’ is a very playful movie that at all times assumes its status as a tape that wants to be cool. Watch it now to see why. This can be an entry barrier for some viewers, because although it is not something that restricts us by the face without any shame, it does require that the viewer assume that he will not see a thriller to use, since Johnson also baby of more parodic cutting ribbons such as the sensational 'A Corpse to Desserts' or the fun 'The Game of Suspicion'.
In fact, one of the main keys of ‘Knives Out’ is how well it balances those aspects to become an irresistible film. Already in the first act, it exhibits energy different from what usually comes to us from Hollywood, with an enviable dynamism all the characters are introduced while we scratch our heads thinking about what exactly could have happened with what looks like a simple suicide.
To this playful component, it helps that the victim is precisely a very popular writer for his suspense books - charming Christopher Plummer -, so that he would be the one who could best be guided by what happened, even above that peculiar French detective played by Daniel Craig. That small dose of uncertainty that he brings is a fable to the film until he puts all the cards on the table for the first time - and that is not going to be as simple as that.
After presenting a great carousel of characters in which all the actors give the sensation of having a great time, and directs the suspense in the right direction. Watch it now to see it for yourself.
That is supported at all times in a fluid and elegant staging by Johnson, which never stops more than necessary at all but does not make the mistake of falling into a rhythm too precipitous. Everything is happening at the right speed, further enhancing humor or mystery depending on what each moment requires, but never sacrificing the other. It was a dangerous cocktail that could've easily came down, but Johnson is triumphant - especially successful in the way of handling the particularity of the character played by a great Ana de Armas.
And in case there is a time when interest could decline - something that does not happen our my opinion - we always have a cast delivered to the cause, able to take advantage of the few scenes it has to leave a mark.
In addition, it is worth highlighting the honesty of Johnson, also the author of the script, when it comes to building the story. There may be some who guess the solution ahead of time, but the trip is so entertaining that it is not an insurmountable fault to enjoy with it as with few movies in this 2019.
Knives Out is probably the best cinematic pastime of all this 2019. It knows how to play with the spectator without being a cheater, it combines the two main genres very well, it gives the right tone and it presents itself as fluid and elegant.