196 - Knives Out

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By Eavesdropping at the Movies, Jose Arroyo, and Michael Glass. Discovered by Player FM and our community — copyright is owned by the publisher, not Player FM, and audio is streamed directly from their servers. Hit the Subscribe button to track updates in Player FM, or paste the feed URL into other podcast apps.
Writer-director Rian Johnson's playful, knockabout whodunnit Knives Out has been receiving praise for its screenplay that we feel isn't quite warranted, and isn't much to look at either - but it's a lark, and one that carries some unexpected sociopolitical commentary. José argues that Johnson doesn't learn enough from the films upon which his pastiche is based, making too little of both the wonderful cast he's assembled and the wonderful sets he's had assembled for him, though the film isn't devoid of flair or structural neatness. Mike was with the film more or less all the way, though suggests that it won't play as well in the distracted environment of the home, the minutiae of the countless plot details easy to lose track of as one tries to make sense of them. So it's worth a watch, but it's neither as elegant nor as charming as we'd like. Recorded on 1st December 2019.

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