Amanda Cade

Worth It! (Things to try, read, watch, hear, and discuss)

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My parents and I had been planning to see Knives Out since we saw the first trailer, and after all the great reviews we were even more excited. So last night we went out to dinner and then settled in for just over two hours of whodunit fun. Did it live up to our expectations? Well, let’s see:

  • Appropriate Setting? Check. The central location is the Thrombey estate, which at one point is very accurately compared to a Clue board. It sets (and maintains) the perfect tone for the film.
  • Interesting Victim? Check. Christopher Plummer plays Harlan Thrombey, a mystery writer who is found dead on the day after his eighty-fifth birthday. In flashbacks, we get to know Harlan, a very successful mystery author dealing with a family that hits all the standard wealthy family tropes. We soon learn that he was extremely intelligent, clever, and sympathetic.
  • Quality Suspect Pool? Check. Harlan’s entire family had gathered to celebrate his birthday, so there’s a collection of children, grandchildren, and in laws to suspect, as well as his housekeeper and nurse. They all have secrets, and most of them are eager to get their hands on Harlan’s money and property, as well as the rights to his novels.
  • Charismatic Detective? Check. Daniel Craig gives a great performance as Benoit Blanc, a famous private investigator who is hired anonymously to look into the death, which the police are about to rule as a suicide. Watching his investigation is a delight, especially when he discusses a few extended metaphors that are absolute writing gold.
  • Twists and Turns? Check, Check, Check. It’s hard to say too much about this without spoilers, which I always avoid (and in the case of a whodunit, that’s even more important), so let me just say that the movie definitely leaves you guessing.

A few other notes:

  • The movie has a lot more talk than action, which contributed to an old school feel that I really enjoyed.
  • The entire cast was excellent, with Chris Evans’s performance as the family’s black sheep a definitely highlight. He has some of the best lines, and it’s especially fun to see the man best known as Captain America taking a turn at sarcasm, insults, and callousness.

Highly, highly recommended.

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Seen any good movies lately? What’s on your watch list?

19 thoughts on “Worth Watching: Knives Out

  1. Your review makes it sound like a must-see for me.
    It seems to be an Agatha Christie type story in the good old country house mystery genre that I am addicted too.

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      I think you’ll really enjoy it.

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  2. I am sure I will.
    Have you seen The Girl with the Dragon tattoo?
    Daniel Craig plays an investigative journalist.
    Have you read the books in the series?
    I really liked them even though they were a little violent.

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      Loved the books and the movies. So good.

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  3. dansantosbookreviews says:

    Great review! Can’t wait to see the film. Happy New Year!

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      I hope you like it as much as I did!

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  4. I loved this movie. I’m not always a fan of mystery, but this movie had such fleshed out characters and great twists that it held my interest from start to finish.

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      I loved how every small resolution led to a larger question or problem, right up until the end.

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  5. Unchaptered says:

    I’ve been wanting to watch this since it came out, I still haven’t had the chance and now your review has made me that much more eager 😀

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      We didn’t have time until after Christmas, which is why we went the very next day. 😀 I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.

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  6. I saw this a few weeks ago and loved it! So many twists and turns! Xx

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      Every time I thought I had a good grip on it, there was a new reveal.

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  7. Paul says:

    I really want to see this film. We were hoping to do so before Christmas, but the cinema timings just didn’t work out.

    One way or another, though, we will see it. From the trailer, it looks utterly superb.

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      I had high expectations, and they were met. 😀

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  8. I just heard about this the other day for the first time!! I was a tiny bit interested in it, but now that I’ve read this review, I’m really curious!

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      If you like mysteries, you won’t want to miss this one.

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      1. I don’t usually, but I might check this one out anyway!!

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  9. Ric says:

    Just watched it today and i must say it’s an amazing movie. also had to review it

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    1. Amanda Cade says:

      Definitely one of my favorites from last year.

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