Knives Out

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  1. Diacanu

    Diacanu Comicmike. Writer

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    Directed by Rian Johnson.
    Starring Chris Evans, Daniel Craig, Michael Shannon, Jamie Lee Curtis, Don Johnson, and Christopher Plummer.
    It looks like a darker modernized "Clue".

  2. Federal Farmer

    Federal Farmer Corn of Coblin

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    Language, Cap!
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  3. Federal Farmer

    Federal Farmer Corn of Coblin

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    So, Bond vs Laurie vs Zod vs General Chang vs Captain America.
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  4. Paladin

    Paladin Overjoyed Man of Liberty

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    ...vs Crockett vs Joi vs Muriel.

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  5. Federal Farmer

    Federal Farmer Corn of Coblin

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    I was trying to stick with just franchises. I don't know what character Don Johnson is playing in Watchmen.
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  6. Paladin

    Paladin Overjoyed Man of Liberty

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    Saw it Wednesday night.

    Pretty good. It's a clever mystery, and it goes in some different directions from most conventional mysteries. I'm going to have to watch it again to make sure everything holds together, but I think it does.

    The plot: renowned eightysomething mystery author Harlan Thromby (Christopher Plummer) is found dead the morning after his birthday party at his estate. It seems a clear case of suicide--albeit by unusual means--and the police are ready to close the case. But famed detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig, appearing to have fun in the role) shows up to look closer. The next of kin (played by Michael Shannon, Jamie Lee Curtis, Don Johnson, and Toni Collette--all spot on) just want to move on to the reading of the will. Black sheep grandson Ransom (Chris Evans, terrific) shows up to delight in family conflict. And then there's Marta (supercutie Ana de Armas [Blade Runner 2049]), the deceased's nurse and friend, an immigrant (there's a funny running gag about where she's from), who knows more than she's saying, but literally cannot tell a lie.

    You find out what happened pretty early, but there's more to it. And while the investigation unfolds, a major complication with the will ensues.

    There's a lot of comedy in the film, much of it in the clever dialog. Chris Evans, in particular, gets some very funny moments.

    The film can be viewed as a very leftist allegory (or maybe a right-wing cautionary tale?) as driven home by the final shots in the film. But it's not overt, and you don't have to read it that way to enjoy the film. It depends on how much you see characters as representative of classes, races, etc.

    The one scene where politics does come in--a heated family debate about Trump-era illegal immigration--mostly gives both sides a say, and the characters on all sides of the debate are portrayed as flawed, corrupt, clueless.

    I really liked Daniel Craig's turn as renowned detective Benoit Blanc. The film goes back and forth on whether he's brilliant or a lucky bumbler, but it does settle convincingly on one in the end. I could see this turning into a franchise.

    A solidly told whodunit with quite a few laughs and a terrific cast.

    7.5/10. Recommended.
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  7. Fisherman's Worf

    Fisherman's Worf Hamachi is a fish best served cold

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    I am as constant as the Northern Star.
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  8. Paladin

    Paladin Overjoyed Man of Liberty

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    I'd give real money if he'd shut up.
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  9. steve2^4

    steve2^4 Aged Meat

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    I liked it too. The wife/ nurse found some of it implausible, but she liked it.
  10. We Are Borg

    We Are Borg Rey of sunshine

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    You mean the bad man who raped my childhood? :weep: :sob:
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  11. Tererun

    Tererun Magical Girl

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    Waiting for netflix
    But thank you for the review.