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Knives Out

Knives Out

USA 2019 - with Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Colette, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Christopher Plummer, Katherine Langford, Ana de Armas ...

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Movie info

Original title:Knives out
Genre:Comedy
Direction:Rian Johnson
Cinema release:02.01.2020
Production country:USA 2019
Running time:Approx. 130 min.
Rated:Age 12+
Web page:www.universumfilm.de

Famous mystery writer and ultra-rich family patriarch Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) is dead! After celebrating his 85th birthday, Thrombey is found dead. At first it looks like a suicide, but it soon becomes clear: the old man was murdered. The police are in the dark as to the identity of the culprit, but there is one who could soon unmask it: Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig), who is known for his idiosyncratic investigative methods. However, Blanc has a really tough nut to crack in this case. Because really, anyone from the eccentric extended family would have had a motive to put Thrombey around the corner. The longer the investigator spends at the family's estate, questioning each suspect, the clearer it becomes that nothing here is as it seems.

After making a billion-dollar blockbuster with Star Wars: The Last Jedi, but taking plenty of flak for it from fans and critics alike, Rian Johnson is back to baking much smaller, but also tastier, rolls with Knives Out. Because there is really nothing to complain about this film. After Johnson paid winking tribute to film noir in his 2005 feature debut Brick, he delivers a wonderful homage to classic whodunit thrillers a la Agatha Christie. With a delightfully biting sense of humor and an ensemble that's defiant with the joy of acting, Johnson offers his audience entertainment cinema of the best kind.

It's refreshing to see another blockbuster hit theaters that isn't a remake, a sequel, a prequel, or a franchise of any kind. Granted, the genre it comes from hasn't exactly been step-motherly in cinematic terms and has produced many a work in the past that, at first glance, seems very similar in nature. But it's the little nuances that make Knives Out so successful. The film is clever, enormously funny, while also being thoroughly exciting. A real highlight is Daniel Craig, who is at his best as a master detective. Watching him investigate is cinema fun par excellence;

The real feat of the film is that it works even if you've figured out the solution to the case or already know it, because you're watching the film a second or third time. And that's really not a matter of course with crime stories. So if you want to be really positively surprised and well entertained in the cinema, if you appreciate crime comedies with biting dialogue and wonderful actors and just want to have a good time, you should definitely not miss this audience and critics' favorite. Absolutely worth seeing!!

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