Knives Movie Review

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After working on film sets for 25 years in different capacities, Jon Delgado makes his directorial debut with the dramatic-comedy King of Knives. Co-written by the film’s star Gene Pope and first-time screenwriter Lindsay Joy, this could be an interesting alternative to the cookie-cutter Christmas-set movies being dumped on us by the Lifetime Network and Netflix.

Frank (Gene Pope) and Kathy (Mel Harris) are celebrating their 29th anniversary during the holidays and what could be better? Well, almost anything else since their family is on the brink of imploding. Frank has not been a faithful husband over the years and a young hotshot at the advertising firm which he works has been taking over his clients. Frank is also suffering from a mid-life crisis. Kathy has been keeping up a strong front but that can only last for so long. Their daughters Kaitlin (Roxie Pope) and Sadie (Emily Bennett) are also not in the healthiest of mind states. Kaitlin is gay but has never come out to her father. Much of it has to due with her brother who was also gay and committed suicide. This of course still haunts Frank since he was unable to accept his son for who he was (Did I mention this is a comedy?). Sadie is not doing any better as she has been in a long-term relationship with a guy she clearly doesn’t love (or even like).

Knives Out is a self-aware, stylised farce that has a great time - and pulls you along with it. Full Review Original Score: 4.5/5 Alex Bentley CultureMap. Jennifer Reeder’s “Knives and Skin” features several sequences of people born well after the ‘80s singing alternative rock hits from the era, sometimes in choir scenes but sometimes purely in character as a musical.They are sung a capella and often with little emotion, as if a statement on young people going through routines without understanding the subtext of the lyrics they’re.

Despite King of Knives dealing with some downbeat ideas, this is still a mostly upbeat film, which doesn’t always quite work. Still, this is still a mildly entertaining film with a few memorable supporting performances from Roxi Pope, Justin Sams who plays a free-spirited tarot card reader and Kara Young who plays Kaitlin’s love interest Darla. Some of the best moments in the film come from these characters. I also liked some of the moments between Frank and Kaitlin which at times feel like some of the most honest. King of Knives is a decent indie film where a little more thought was put into the script than most holiday set films. Still, it may not be for everyone. If you want your comedies funny or your dramas dramatic, this doesn’t succeed all that well at either, but thankfully it does give us some interesting characters for us to spend 95 minutes with.

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By: Marc Ferman


Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) is a wildly successful mystery writer and he’s dead. His housekeeper Fran (Edi Patterson) finds him with a slit throat and the knife still in his hand. It looks like suicide, but there are some questions. After all, who really slits their own throat? A couple of cops (the wonderful pair of LaKeith Stanfield and Noah Segan) come to the Thrombey estate do a small investigation, just to make sure they’re not missing anything, and the film opens with their conversations with each of the Thrombey family members. Daughter Linda (Jamie Lee Curtis) is a successful businesswoman with a shit husband named Richard (Don Johnson) and an awful son named Ransom (Chris Evans). Son Walt (Michael Shannon) runs the publishing side, but he’s been fighting a lot with dear old dad. Daughter-in-law Joni (Toni Collette) is deep into self-help but has been helping herself by ripping off the old man. Finally, there’s Marta Cabrera (Ana de Armas), the real heroine of “Knives Out” and Harlan’s most trusted confidante. Can she help solve the case?

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The case may have just been closed if not for the arrival of the famous detective Benoit Blanc, played by Daniel Craig, who spins a southern drawl and oversized ego into something instantly memorable. Blanc was delivered a news story about the suicide and envelope of money. So someone thinks this is fishy. Why? And who? The question of who brought in Blanc drives the narrative as much as who killed Harlan. Johnson is constantly presenting viewers with the familiar, especially fans of the mystery movie—the single palatial setting, the family of monsters, the exaggerated detective—but then he subverts them every so slightly, and it feels fresh. So while Blanc feels like a Poirot riff, Johnson and Craig avoid turning it into a caricature of something we’ve seen before.

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Craig is delightful—I love the excitement in his voice when he figures things out late in the film—but some of the cast gets lost. It’s inevitable with one this big, but if you’re going to “Knives Out” for a specific actor or actress, be aware that it’s a large ensemble piece and your fave may get short shrift. Unless your favorite is Ana de Armas, who is really the heart of the movie, allowing Johnson to imbue “Knives Out” with some wonderful political commentary. The Thrombeys claim to love Marta, even if they can’t remember which South American country she comes from, and Don Johnson gets a few razor sharp scenes as the kind of guy who rants about immigration before quoting “Hamilton.” It’s not embedded in the entire piece as much as “Get Out,” but this “Out” is similar in the way it uses genre structure to say something about wealth and social inequality. And in terms of performance, the often-promising de Armas has never been handed a role this big, and she totally delivers.