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Knives Out (Blu-ray)
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The circumstances surrounding the death of crime novelist Harlan Thrombey are mysterious, but there's one thing that renowned Detective Benoit Blanc knows for sure--everyone in the wildly dysfunctional Thrombey family is a suspect. Now, Blanc must sift through a web of lies and red herrings to uncover the truth.
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There was only one illegal immigrant in the movie and she appeared twice for a total of 3 minutes with very few lines. And, she was only mentioned a couple of times in relationship to the plot.
That being said, it was an amusing movie, not a blockbuster, but entertaining. I enjoyed the plot twists, and red hearings. For the first time in a long time, I could not guess the ending.
I agree with the folks that say it was good to see the mystery genre come back. This was a good start, and hopefully Hollywood will make more contemporary murder mysteries movies that don't shy away from the controversies all Americans are dealing with now.
But I digress. “Knives Out” is, as the better class of customers have observed, a droll take on the classic Christie model. Fans of classic mysteries, like aficionados of westerns, bring certain expectations to the genre (locked room, climactic “reveal” by the detective in the one; barroom brawl, showdown on Main Street in the other), and these are affectionately subverted in the film. Daniel Craig’s over-the-top portrayal of a (slightly) Cajun shamus is alone worth the price of admission, and the rest of the cast acquit themselves admirably. Highly entertaining.
A technical note, for those who pay attention to that sort of thing: whenever—well, frequently—I add another DVD to the collection, I run it through “ripping” software, both to have a backup on solid-state media in case something happens to the disc, and in order that I have the option to watch the film on a “thumb drive” while confined to a passenger aircraft for six hours. Well, of course I’m not going to be boarding a commercial aircraft much before 2025, but let me note that this particular title is locked up tighter’n a drum: it crashes my software within seconds. Not a dealbreaker for me, but it may be for some.
The movie looks beautiful in 4k and this set includes both a digital copy and a separate blu ray disc. Some special features are also available but I didn't check them out. The case looks nice as well but it could be a little more unique. However, the color scheme stands out and looks nice in a collection. One issue I had was the volume was always a little low for some reason. I had to turn my speakers up to 100% to hear dialogue and then quickly turn them down when the film got loud.
Overall, I highly encourage you to experience this winding roller coaster of a murder mystery that's an absolutely remarkable experience and, of course, 4k is always the best option.
The movie was written and directed by Rian Johnson, in his first post-Star Wars movie. It has an ensemble cast of very well known actors and actresses including Jamie Lee Curtis, Don Johnson, Michael Shannon, Chris Evans, Toni Collette, Ana De Armas, and lesser know younger actors Katherine Langford and Jaeden Martell, all of whom seem to have a reason to have killed Harlan. It is a unique "whodunit" in that the audience knows most of what happened throughout the majority of the movie, but there are twists that happen that make it clear not all is what it seems, all building up to a classic third act reveal. While the entire cast does a great job, Craig and De Armas really shine in their roles, and definitely deserved their Golden Globe nominations for Best Actor and Best Actress.
For those who get the 4k disc, the movie looks and sounds great in the UHD format. It does not have much if any, special effects, but there are a ton of wonderful New England scenery that looks great in 4k. The UHD disc also have all the extras included, of which, there are a ton. There is a making-of feature (broken up into 8 chapters that you can watch all at once, or one by one), which is nearly as long as the movie itself. Then there is a 42 minute Q&A with most of the cast members and Johnson, then several of the trailers and fictional ads for various elements of the Thromby empire.
Overall, it is a wonderful movie that is well-written and acted. It is really not something that you can easily just have on in the background and give your partial attention to and still follow what is going on. But, if you are looking for a way to kill a couple of hours with a great, fairly unique story, this is definitely worth checking out.
In such a suspenseful thriller that keeps you thinking every step of the way, no one reviewer should give a synopsis at all. The viewer should just sit back and be thrilled.
Make some popcorn or a spread of nibbles grab a drink and relax.Longer viewing time and rewatchable to catch missed clues.
Escape for awhile especially now while we are experiencing homebound conditions imposed by covid19.
Stay safe out there by staying in.
What a great job he did as a wily detective who had to sort out the death of an important
man and head of his family . . . . great cast as well . . . a lot of top actors added to the enjoyment.