Entertaining movie. I hesitated about seeing it, and even declared on social media that I would not, so that Rian Johnson makes $9 less at the box office. But sure enough before bargain Tuesday was over I found myself sitting in the cinema.
The moviemaking is solid and the plot itself seems to sort of make sense. When you see it you might wonder to yourself whether telling someone dreadful out of error might be cause for a manslaughter charge if it leads to fatality. But just put that non-spoiler into your back pocket until after watching the movie.
Apart from one quip reference to Baby Driver, what may date this movie in a few years is reference to Trump and keeping kids in cages, as well as a young boy in the film who is meant to represent internet “trolls” AKA disenfranchised Star Wars fans who disliked The Last Jedi, Rian Johnson’s previous film.
A distinction can be made between the writing and directing which are much as they should be and the writer-director himself Rian Johnson who either has a disproportionate amount of hate for how he wrote Luke Skywalker and the creation of time-wasting characters like Rose Tico and Vice Admiral Holdo while allowing Admiral Ackbar to die off screen with no distinction. It can be impressive to note that the writer of Knives Out is the same screenwriter who gave us TLJ, a script that is taught in university courses as an example of how not to compose a screenplay. But as good and tight as Knives Out may be, the praise by critics is nudged upwards just a bit by the inclusion of the Trump references and the repeated suggestion that those who are not firmly on the extreme left must be “Nazis.”
If you can look past that, you may enjoy the movie. The second trailer I recall some people swearing it had a line referring to one of the black dogs at the estate as “Lando.” I may have imagined that, but strangely in the final cut of the movie in theatres neither of the dogs is referred to by name. That seems a bit suspect. Except that watching it again the line I hear is “I think Linda was upset.” So Linda (Jamie Lee Curtis’ character. Not Lando. Had it been so, that might have been a sarcastic dismissal of people frustrated that Lando did not turn out to be the “code breaker” on Canto Bight, which is otherwise a pointless sequence in The Last Jedi.