Daggers in the back (2019), by Rian Johnson – Review

Daggers in the back (2019), by Rian Johnson - Review

A donut inside a donut and a movie delight, of those that were missing.

Was it Mr. Johnson with a handful of familiar faces in an almost forgotten genre who killed "boring movies"? Yes, American director and writer Rian Johnson, responsible for films like Looper (2012), Brick (2005) or the criticized Star Wars: Episode VIII – The Last Jedi (2017), is the culprit of making one of the jewels of the year with the great Daggers in the back.

"My house, my rules" is written in a cup of coffee at the beginning of the movie. It is a clue, of course (everything here is), and can also serve as a warning from the director to the spectators as soon as they start their game. He, Rian Johnson, is a confessed devotee of intrigue classics, from Agatha Christie to Alfred Hitchcock, a crush on script twists, traps, suspicions and unexpected surprises.

It is a wonderful and unrecognizable Daniel Craig who gets the best praise for the mess of his interpretation as Detective Blanc.

That tribute exists, even when one of the detectives in the movie compares the drama with the mythical board game Cluedo, and is that just seeing the Thrombey family and their mansion they want to enter and participate in the game. But what Johnson poses, as I said before, has its own rules. Here, the genre of crime and intrigue goes through a modern film mask that virtually everyone will like.

Daggers in the back It is made to entertain and make you laugh at all costs. The formula is quite simple, but effective: an ideal casting that has fun making its characters. All the metaphorical daggers that the Thrombey family receives are undoubtedly entertaining, but it is a wonderful and unrecognizable Daniel Craig who gets the best praises for the joke of his interpretation as Detective Blanc. A pity, by the way, that Ana de Armas is perfect with her starring role in a movie where those who shine are the secondary ones with their costumes.

And it works, it's the magic of mixing the comic tone in a
drama like that. At the time and little movie you already know the history of crime at
finger and you might even have guessed who it is, but it doesn't matter
because the dialogues, the faces and their reactions are funny, technically
infallible. And it works again in the next hour, that time when
you start to doubt if it was happening with the footage, so that Rian Johnson will
play it again and leave you stuck in the seat with a bright finish. A
donut inside a donut and a movie delight, of those that were cast in
lack.


Synopsis When renowned mystery novelist Harlan Thrombey is found dead in his mansion just after his 85th birthday, the inquisitive and polite detective Benoit Blanc is mysteriously recruited to investigate. It will move between a network of false leads and interested lies to try to discover the truth after the writer's death.
country U.S
Direction Rian johnson
Script Rian johnson
Music Nathan johnson
Photography Steve Yedlin
Distribution Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, Don Johnson, Michael Shannon, Keith Stanfield, Katherine Langford, Jaeden Martell, Christopher Plummer, Riki Lindhome, Edi Patterson, Raúl Castillo, Frank Oz, M. Emmet Walsh
Gender Intrigue
Duration 130 min
Title original Knives out
Premiere 11/29/2019

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