Early reviews for Rian Johnson's whodunnit flick Knives Out are out! And they're all praises to the film and the star-studded ensemble that brought the mystery-thriller to life.
Headlined by Daniel Craig and Chris Evans, who are known for their big-screen roles as James Bond and Captain America respectively, Knives Out is yet to arrive at local cinemas on November 27, but the positive acclaim that it is already receiving from the international audience since it premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) 2019, is something for the Filipino moviegoers to be really excited about. Check out some of the rave reviews from international media outfits below.
From Fandango's Managing Editor, Erik Davis:
#KnivesOut is flat-out awesome in every way. The funniest film I have seen this year - clever-as-hell writing & glorious performances (Daniel Craig steals the film), this murder-mystery send-up just killed it here at #TIFF19 pic.twitter.com/6Nq3kiXxpX— Erik Davis (@ErikDavis) September 8, 2019
Collider Editor-in-Chief Steven Weintraub dubs the entire cast "pitch perfect":
Absolutely *loved* @rianjohnson's @KnivesOut. Not only is the script fantastic, the entire cast is pitch perfect. Try not to learn the twists and turns before seeing it and you're in for an awesome ride. #TIFF19 pic.twitter.com/i2vEhGOzYk— Steven Weintraub (@colliderfrosty) September 8, 2019
Here's one from Thrillist writer Emma Stefansky:
KNIVES OUT is such fun!! absolutely perfect cast, every punchline lands, just a lovely freewheeling caper with a twisty story that morphs into something new every ten minutes. loved it!!!! #TIFF19— Emma Stefansky (@stefabsky) September 8, 2019
LA Times film critic Justin Chang also shared his delight on the film:
KNIVES OUT: Come for the grand cast and the all-you-can-eat-the-rich buffet; stay for a classical whodunit worthy of John Dickson Carr in its hilarity and sheer ingenuity of construction. Goodness, what a delight. #TIFF2019— Justin Chang (@JustinCChang) September 8, 2019
Meanwhile, Slashfilm critic Chris Evangelista shared how giddy he got watching the "hilarious" and "clever" movie:
KNIVES OUT: I’m giddy. This is one of the most entertaining movies I’ve seen in years. Hilarious, clever as hell, and loaded with great performances. People are gonna love it. #TIFF19— Chris EvangelistAHHH!!! (@cevangelista413) September 8, 2019
Here are more reviews from the lucky crowd who had already seen Knives Out:
Just took a DNA test, #KnivesOut is 100% that bitch. Can't remember the last time I saw a mystery that was fun, tightly written, and amazingly constructed. Rian Johnson just crossed mystery and comedy off his list of accomplishments for he made a new timeless classic. #TIFF19— FrankenRendy (@Rendy_Jones) September 8, 2019
#KnivesOut is absolutely brilliant! Rian Johnson takes the murder mystery genre and flips it on its head. Truly one of the funnest, most entertaining films I’ve seen all year. Hilarious, fun and the cast are all absolute gold especially Craig! This is everything I wanted #TIFF19 pic.twitter.com/Nd0CVzMOjt— ConnorMovies (@ConnorMovies) September 8, 2019
#KnivesOut is a master class in murder mystery. A beautifully crafted, laugh out loud guessing game— Chris Sylvia (@sylvioso) September 8, 2019
With the KNIVES OUT premiere underway, think I’m finally cleared to gush that it’s the best damn film I’ve seen all year. (Throw in last year, too.) Not just the crackerjack mystery I’d hoped for, but also deeply cathartic in ways I’d never have anticipated. Final shot is pure— ɱıƙɛ ɖ'ąŋɠɛƖơ (@gemko) September 7, 2019
Knives Out revolves around a famous novelist's sudden death that was first presumed as suicide. A renowned detective (Daniel Craig) enters the scene and proclaims that the man could've been murdered, and the members of the dead man's dysfunctional family are the prime suspects. In this film, director Rian Johnson (Star Wars: The Last Jedi) revives the whodunit genre and it sure is effective to the audiences who have already seen the film.
Besides Craig and Evans, the movie's all-star ensemble also includes Katherine Langford (13 Reasons Why), Lakeith Sanfield (Get Out), Jamie Lee Curtis (Halloween), Toni Collette (Hereditary), Michael Shannon (Man of Steel), Ana de Armas (Yesterday), Jaeden Lieberher (IT Chapter Two) and more.