Knives Out (film)

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Knives Out
Knives Out poster.jpeg
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRian Johnson
Produced by
Written byRian Johnson
Starring
Music byNathan Johnson[1]
CinematographySteve Yedlin
Edited byBob Ducsay
Production
company
Distributed byLionsgate
Release date
  • September 7, 2019 (2019-09-07) (TIFF)
  • November 27, 2019 (2019-11-27) (United States)
Running time
130 minutes[3]
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$40 million[4]

Knives Out is a 2019 American ensemble black comedy-thriller film written, produced and directed by Rian Johnson. Described as a modern take on the murder mystery genre, the film follows a family gathering gone horribly awry, after the family patriarch's death leads a master detective to investigate. The film stars an ensemble cast, including Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Don Johnson, Toni Collette, Lakeith Stanfield, Katherine Langford, Jaeden Martell, and Christopher Plummer.

The film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 7, 2019 and is scheduled to be theatrically released in the United States on November 27, 2019, by Lionsgate.

Premise[edit]

Wealthy crime novelist Harlan Thrombey invites his dysfunctional extended family to his remote mansion on his 85th birthday in hopes of reuniting them all. However, the day after the birthday party, Harlan is found dead by members of the family and experienced detective Benoit Blanc is called in to investigate the case. Soon enough, everyone in the family becomes a suspect in his death.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

In June 2010, writer/director Rian Johnson expressed interest in making an Agatha Christie-inspired murder mystery film. He told The Independent that he wanted to make the film after finishing Looper (2012).[5] However, Johnson's next film project after Looper turned out to be Star Wars: The Last Jedi (2017).

Knives Out was announced in September 2018, with Daniel Craig starring in the film. It was sold to distributors during the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival.[6] In October 2018, Chris Evans, Lakeith Stanfield, Michael Shannon, Ana de Armas, Don Johnson, Jamie Lee Curtis, and Toni Collette joined the cast.[7][8][9][10][11][12][13] In November 2018, Christopher Plummer, Jaeden Martell, Katherine Langford, Riki Lindhome, Edi Patterson, and Raúl Castillo joined the cast.[14][15][16] Frequent Johnson collaborator Noah Segan was announced as being in the film in December.[17] Shannon has compared the film to the works of Christie.[18] In March 2019, Frank Oz, who previously worked with Johnson in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, revealed that he would be appearing in a small role.[19]

Johnson cited several classic mystery thrillers and mystery comedies as influences on the film, including The Last of Sheila, Murder on the Orient Express, Something's Afoot, Murder by Death, Death on the Nile, The Private Eyes, The Mirror Crack'd, Evil Under the Sun, Deathtrap, Clue, and Gosford Park.[20]

Filming[edit]

Principal photography began on October 30, 2018, in Boston, Massachusetts and wrapped on December 20, 2018.[21][22][23]

Release[edit]

Knives Out had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 7, 2019.[24] It is scheduled to be theatrically released on November 27, 2019, by Lionsgate.[25]

Reception[edit]

On the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 99% based on 88 reviews, with an average rating of 8.47/10. The website's critics' consensus reads: "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."[26] Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, assigned the film a score of 84 out of 100 based on 20 critics, indicating "universal acclaim".[27]

David Rooney, writing for The Hollywood Reporter, described the film as "[an] ingeniously plotted, tremendously entertaining and deviously irreverent crowd-pleaser" and "a treat from start to finish", praising the film's script, throwbacks to the murder mysteries of the 1970s and the actors' performances.[28]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Fleming Jr., Mike (September 7, 2018). "Toronto Whopper: MRC Buys World Rights To Daniel Craig-Rian Johnson Whodunit 'Knives Out'". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on March 30, 2019. Retrieved March 11, 2019.
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  18. ^ Giroux, Jack (January 10, 2019). "'State Like Sleep' Star Michael Shannon Discusses Christopher Walken, Working With Rian Johnson on 'Knives Out,' and the 2018 Movie Everyone Should See". /Film. Archived from the original on March 6, 2019. Retrieved March 3, 2019.
  19. ^ Pearson, Ben (March 12, 2019). "Yoda Actor Frank Oz Reuniting with 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Director Rian Johnson to Act in 'Knives Out'". /Film. Archived from the original on March 27, 2019. Retrieved August 11, 2019.
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