9 votes

Knives Out - Discussion Thread

Who has seen this movie yet?

Previous discussion of the trailer is here.

Edit:

8.31/10 on Rotten Tomatoes

8.1/10 on IMDB

8 comments

  1. envy
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    So many movies have tired, rehashed, obvious plot twists. For the first 20-30 minutes I thought this was another one. But then the movie kept on getting better. And better. And better. Is it a...

    So many movies have tired, rehashed, obvious plot twists.

    For the first 20-30 minutes I thought this was another one.

    But then the movie kept on getting better. And better. And better.

    Is it a thriller? A comedy? A who-dunnit? Yes.

    There are only a couple of contrived moments, but I didn't think of them until after the wild ride was over.

    Great cinematography, great plot, solid acting. I would watch this one again.

    6 votes
  2. facedeodorant
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    I would watch this again for sure. There are so many details that i'm sure i would get a lot out of it on a second viewing, and the cinematography was beautiful. It is very quotable. Blanc's...

    I would watch this again for sure. There are so many details that i'm sure i would get a lot out of it on a second viewing, and the cinematography was beautiful.

    It is very quotable. Blanc's bagging on the Nazi kid has been running through my head since I left the theater.

    The plot is great, but my only complaints about the movie would be about the plot. On a second viewing, maybe that would change. At times it felt pretty ridiculous, but these kinds of mysteries rely on toeing the line of withholding information and the detective making hard to believe deductions, so there's always something to complain about, and this wasn't different in that regard. I love the cozy mystery genre, so I'm very cool with that, though I know it can never be done in a way that suits everyone.

    (Spoilers) My only qualm with the plot right now. Maybe it was just late and I have a hard time following these kinds of flippity-flops, but the mini-mystery in the middle of where the toxicology report came from and ended up, and the murder that happened in the middle of that, all felt convoluted. I also stopped caring a bit when Fran got involved, mostly because I did not feel attached to her character at all and couldn't help thinking "Wait, she's involved? Who was that again?"

    Probably my favorite Christie-esque aspect was, of course, Blanc. In particular I loved that he has a heart and ethics above the law, like Poirot (I'm thinking of the ending of Orient Express here).

    Overall, I definitely felt like I was watching an Agatha Christie novel come to life in our moment (though with better politics), and that's what mattered to me most.

    6 votes
  3. dubteedub
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    I know I am a few days late on this, but I just saw Knives Out last night. I thought this was such a great movie. The story was so well written and really felt like a modern twist on a classic...

    I know I am a few days late on this, but I just saw Knives Out last night. I thought this was such a great movie. The story was so well written and really felt like a modern twist on a classic Agatha Christie story (I loved the Murder She Wrote cameo in the middle).

    I really liked that they just told us right off the bat what had happened from the nurse's point of view and then let us follow her perspective for the rest of the movie. It really let us see so many funny moments, particularly when she threw the piece of the terrace away for the dog to play with. It also still felt like we still didn't quite know everything that was going on so there was still a good sense of mystery.

    The acting was fantastic, particularly Daniel Craig. His "now I may be just a small-time country lawyer" accent was just hilarious and I want to see way more of it.

    I also just gotta say that my favorite gags were how the family kept calling the teen son playing on his phone a nazi the whole movie.

    As a big fan of Brick, I think this shows a huge evolution for Rian Johnson on his writing ability and I think that he really excels in these kinds of stories. I really want him to make more movies like this.

    4 votes
  4. JXM
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    I thought it was a fun movie. The performances were great and I loved Frank Oz as the annoyed probate lawyer. My only complaint is that I think the scene where SPOILERS Blanc explains his theory...

    I thought it was a fun movie. The performances were great and I loved Frank Oz as the annoyed probate lawyer.

    My only complaint is that I think the scene where

    SPOILERS

    Blanc explains his theory about how Ransom did it at the end

    goes on for a little too long. It sort of brought the movie to a halt right. But I guess it’s just part of the genre trope.

    2 votes
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    teaearlgraycold
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    I would have preferred the plot be deductable from what was on screen. The 5 minute explanation from Blanc at the end shouldn't be necessary in order to understand what happened. The worst...

    I would have preferred the plot be deductable from what was on screen. The 5 minute explanation from Blanc at the end shouldn't be necessary in order to understand what happened. The worst offense, which was so tricky I'm sure it was a joke, was the confusion of "you did this" with "Hugh did this" with the nickname of Hugh never before getting mentioned.

    Besides all that, it's a fun movie. It surprised me with the early giveaway and the subsequent twists.

    1 vote
    1. envy
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      Blanc did only rely on information the audience also knew. Was that enough? Major Spoiler Ransom says at the beginning that only "the help" calls him Hugh

      Blanc did only rely on information the audience also knew. Was that enough?

      Major Spoiler Ransom says at the beginning that only "the help" calls him Hugh
      4 votes
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      thundergolfer
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      It was mentioned.

      never before getting mentioned.

      It was mentioned.

      3 votes
      1. teaearlgraycold
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        Thanks for letting me know. That makes it much more reasonable.

        Thanks for letting me know. That makes it much more reasonable.

        1 vote