Justin Arment’s review published on Letterboxd:
Boasting an impressive ensemble cast featuring Daniel Craig, Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Chris Evans, Lakeith Stanfield, Toni Collette, and more, Rian Johnson's Knives Out had a lot of work cut out for it in making sure its talent didn't go to waste.
Knives Out is an ode to the whodunnits and murder mysteries of the 70s, featuring an incredible balance of drama, suspense, and humor. The film is full of clever, albeit sometimes too predictable, twists and turns that keeps you thinking throughout its brief runtime. Johnson's script is also extremely well done (though not as smart as it pretends to be) and takes a lot of political jabs at the richest of our country without it ever going too far into full on political commentary. There is a lot of fun to be had with this film, probably one of the just the best movie experiences of the year, as Johnson brings this underused genre to modern audiences in a way that stays true to the genres roots and touches on all the expected beats, but in a way that is more fresh than nostalgic.
As I mentioned before there is a very talented ensemble in this film, and (almost) everyone is given their time to shine. Johnson has crafted very unique, and extremely entertaining, characters for each of these talented performers to embody. There are a few characters I wish we could have seen more from, by ultimately I was more impressed with how he juggled all these eccentric characters than disappointed.
I highly recommend.