Knives Out

Renowned mystery novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) invites his extended dysfunctional family to his mansion on his 85th birthday in hopes of bringing them all together. When he is found dead in his mansion, the inquisitive and polite detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) is called to investigate. Very soon, everyone in the family becomes suspicious.

Mystery comedy written and directed by Rian Johnson (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) that features Daniel Craig (The Luck of the Logan), Chris Evans (Avengers: Endgame), Ana de Armas (Blade Runner 2049), Toni Collette (Hereditary), Jamie Lee Curtis (Halloween Night), Michael Shannon (The Shape of Water), Don Johnson (Watchmen) and Christopher Plummer (All Money in the World).

A cursory glance at Rian Johnson’s career would suffice to surprise us at the heterogeneous – if not chaotic – of it. The American director has cultivated the ‘neo-noir’ (Brick), the comedy of robberies (The Bloom brothers), the more or less hard science fiction (Looper) and the large-scale blockbuster (The last Jedi), in addition of very marked episodes of Breaking Bad. More than enough to talk about a lack of personality, a certain condition of craftsman who has made a hole in the industrial apparatus by force of doing what they said … if it were not because most of these works he has written them. If it were not because, tuning a little more and focusing on this daggers from the back that he just signed, we would see in this trajectory a very clear and transparent will, endorsing his status as an author with all the letters and, even more, as an author who the cinema of popular vocation needs with desperate desire.

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