jillian’s review published on Letterboxd:
“We should do this more often”
What makes Knives Out is not Johnson’s lovingly crafted whodunnit plot but rather the cast. Its best moments are when Johnson places his all-star cast in the same room. The result can only be described as electric. As a result it is an absolute delight to see them banter and scream at each other. You can tell how much fun his actors are having, and it’s contagious.
It’s all fun and games but it remains grounded by the sincerity of Ana d’Armas, the emotional core to which the hilarity of Daniel Craig and Toni Collette etc revolve. She is essential to the nice balance between comedy and seriousness that underlines the whole film.
Knives Out does exactly what it sets out to do. While the ending isn’t necessarily the most surprising, what matters is that the journey to get there is full of laughs and gasps and everything you need for good solid entertainment.