Out for rent: 'Knives Out' a whodunnit of a different kind - FOX34 Lubbock

Out for rent: 'Knives Out' a whodunnit of a different kind

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"Knives Out" is a modern update on the classic "who dunnit" genre. I know, we just had an update of Agatha Christie's "Murder on the Orient Express." But while that story was always a cheat, the ingenious "Knives Out" actually plays fair with the audience while it piles on the surprises.

As one character points out, the story is set up like a "Clue" board in an old family mansion where someone winds up dead - supposedly by suicide - but, of course, everyone has a possible motive for wanting the victim gone and reasons to stab others in the back.

In comes Daniel Craig as private detective Benoit Blanc, a southern gentleman helping the police but who is also a bit of a mystery
himself.

The all-star ensemble cast is clearly having great time - too many of them to name here, but some of them relishing playing against type. The characters have great names like Ransom Drysdale and Walt Thrombey and it's a blast watching them play off each other with darkly funny and razor sharp wit.

That's thanks to a crackerjack screenplay by director Rian Johnson, who's written clever-to-brilliant genre pictures with "Brick" and "Looper" and either made the best "Star Wars" movie or ruined it forever depending on whom you ask.

Even though we're familiar with this type of who-dunnit story, "Knives Out" doesn't always behave as we'd expect - appearing to give away the game midway through only to keep taking turns. The picture is also technically impressive with its editing revealing secrets and hopping through time. It's a marvelous thing to experience.

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