24 March: 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm£4 – £6
2019 – Certificate 12A
– Knives Out –
Acclaimed writer and director Rian Johnson (Brick, Looper, The Last Jedi) pays tribute to mystery mastermind Agatha Christie in Knives Out a fun, modern-day murder mystery where everyone is a suspect.
When renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) is found dead at his estate just after his 85th birthday, the inquisitive and debonair Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) is mysteriously enlisted to investigate. From Harlan’s dysfunctional family to his devoted staff, Blanc sifts through a web of red herrings and self-serving lies to uncover the truth behind Harlan’s untimely death.
With an all-star ensemble cast including Chris Evans, Ana De Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Don Johnson, Michael Shannon, Toni Collette, LaKeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford and Jaeden Martell, Knives Out is a witty and stylish whodunit guaranteed to keep audiences guessing until the very end.
Running Time 130 mins
Ratings Info 4-5 Star Cert 12A
Director(s) Rian Johnson
Cast includes Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Toni Collette, LaKeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford, Jaeden Martell, Christopher Plummer, M. Emmet Walsh, Frank Oz
Nominations & Awards 39 wins from 105 nominations including an Oscar nomination for Best Screenplay and Golden Globe Besst Film
Rian Johnson’s Knives Out is one of the most purely entertaining films in years. It is the work of a cinematic magician, one who keeps you so focused on what the left hand is doing that you miss the right.
Great mystery writers throughout history have dissected class in ways that were palatable to audiences looking for escapism, and Johnson is clearly doing that here too, using a wonderfully entertaining mystery structure that would make Agatha Christie smile.
Craig is delightful………….the often-promising de Armas has never been handed a role this big, and she totally delivers.
Knives Out crackles visually
Ultimately,………… it’s all about the whodunit, which is revealed in such unexpected ways that just when you think you have it all figured out, you realize something doesn’t add up
Daniel Craig has a blast in a murderously fun whodunit worthy of Agatha Christie
Beyond its waspish wit, a dastardly roll-call of suspects and Daniel Craig’s dapper efforts as our presiding sleuth, the film gives nothing away until the bitter end, thanks to a head-spinning tricksiness of plotting that even Agatha Christie might have conceded was rather ingenious.
……..a delectably entertaining confection that almost anyone can get behind. That it comes with a trenchant side order of social commentary about America’s haves and have-nots proves the very opposite of a fly in the ointment.
Every time you think you’ve guessed what’s up the writer-director’s sleeve, you both have and haven’t: the layering, feints, and decoys fox you exactly as he’s hoping.
Johnson’s gift as a director is that he not only has a great love of film, but that he has the ability to take a step back every once in a while to see the bigger picture.
With Knives Out he’s fetched the murder mystery out of the attic and shaken off the dust. It’s an ingeniously constructed film, which is thoroughly modern in its language and filled with so many twists it will make your head spin
And what an ideal role for Craig it is – a reminder before his last outing as Bond that he’s capable of much more than looking suave in a suit.
While much of Knives Out looks and feels like classic Agatha Christie, Johnson’s script clearly sets the stage in a contemporary political realm where the dialogue is exacting, precise, witty, and rather painful.
The entire ensemble cast is a joy to watch here with everyone down to the most minor player clearly having a blast and relishing the chance to bathe in Johnson’s exquisite dialogue and to bring to life a film that is both stylishly fun and socially relevant
Rian Johnson’s homage to Agatha Christie delivers laughs, twists and thrills with aplomb.
In the deliciously entertaining Knives Out Johnson goes back to his roots with an updated homage to the Agatha Christie whodunnits he loved as a child, and to those “cheekily self-aware” screen adaptations in which Peter Ustinov would lead an all-star cast through a labyrinthine murder mystery.
There’s real pleasure to be had watching Johnson wind the coiled springs of his steel-trap plot, yet none of it would bite if we didn’t care about the characters, who remain just on the right side of caricature.
Built upon a wittily verbose script that delivers more laugh-out-loud lines than most of the year’s alleged comedies, Knives Out retains a beating human heart into which daggers are regularly plunged.
The cherry on the cake is Nathan Johnson’s terrifically ripe score,
Rotten Tomatoes Critics Consensus
Knives Out sharpens old murder-mystery tropes with a keenly assembled suspense outing that makes brilliant use of writer-director Rian Johnson’s stellar ensemble.
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