Rian Johnson and Daniel Craig return in a second Knives Out film, and Craig, along with everyone else involved in the production seems to be having the time of their life. Craig’s detective, Benoit Blanc, finds himself caught up in a whole new mystery this time around, and while there is a tonal shift from the first film. It’s definitely more of the same, enjoyably so, and stuffed with great actors, fantastic cameos, hilarious name drops and laugh-out-loud moments.
Craig has settled into this character with ease and aplomb, and I hope this is just the beginning of a fun fresh franchise that keeps viewers guessing and coming back for more. He eases into the southern hokum but keeps a sharp and wary eye out for any clue, lead or suspect that could change everything.
This time around Blanc ends up on a private Greek island at the behest of Miles Bron (Edward Norton) who has invited a close circle of ‘friends’ to take part in a murder mystery party weekend. That is until one of them actually does drop dead.
As a writer and director, Johnson is known for playing with ideas, tropes, narratives and expectations to move the story along at a breakneck pace. There are twists, reveals, surprises, and more! It’s brilliantly entertaining throughout, and the film sits comfortably on Craig’s shoulders.
Rounding out the cast is Kate Hudson, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., Janelle Monae, Jessica Harwick, Madelyn Cline and Dave Bautista. Every single one of them has come to play and it shows.
The film skewers a number of things, but none more than the super-rich, and it’s very satisfying to watch how the whole thing plays out.
If you don’t get a chance to get to one of the screenings at TIFF, Tuesday the 13th and Thursday the 15th at the Cinesphere, and Saturday the 17th at the Lightbox, don’t worry, because it’ll be hitting Netflix in November, so sit tight (and believe me, it’s worth it!).