The first reactions to Rian Johnson's Knives Out are in and it's all praise for his murder mystery movie. After a few years of critically acclaimed indie films, Johnson popped onto the scene for many with Star Wars: The Last Jedi. The film was a huge hit with critics and at the box office but has remained a divisive film among some sections of Star Wars fans. Prior to hopping back into the galaxy far, far away though, Johnson returned to his roots as an original storyteller with Knives Out.
The movie was revealed to be in the works last year and quickly assembled an all-star cast. Daniel Craig plays the lead investigator of the film, with Chris Evans, Toni Collette, Michael Shannon, Jamie Lee Curtis, Ana de Armas, and many more filling out the list of suspects. Anticipation for the movie has been high thanks to the collection of talent and funny trailers, and now the first reactions for Knives Out tease that audiences won't be disappointed.
Knives Out held its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (or TIFF for short) and those who saw the film are able to immediately share their reactions on social media. The response has been incredibly positive so far, and we've rounded up some of the best NON-SPOILER reactions. Check them out below:
KNIVES OUT is one HUMDINGER of a movie. A true whodunnit that is drop dead hilarious. I died. I’m tweeting this from the grave after dying from the laughs. Daniel Craig in FULL ham mode. FULL HAM. My favorite movie of the year so far. #tiff19— Mike Ryan (@mikeryan) September 8, 2019
#KnivesOut is one of a kind. @rianjohnson doesn’t hold back - big fun and spicy commentary with fiery results. And if you don’t already know that @Ana_d_Armas is something special, there’s no excuses after this. #TIFF19— Perri Nemiroff (@PNemiroff) September 8, 2019
#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
I was huffing and puffing about a mile behind the plot of KNIVES OUT, and was elated when it was finally time for the movie to come back to me with the reveal. The most entertaining magic trick you’ll ever see. #TIFF2019— Scott Tobias (@scott_tobias) September 8, 2019
Huge applause for #KnivesOut. A solid whoddunit movie that doesn’t take itself too seriously and delivers a lot of laughs along the way. Plummer, Colette and Evans shine.— Beatrice Verhoeven (@bverhoev) September 8, 2019
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
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 Evangelista @ TIFF (@cevangelista413) September 8, 2019
Based on the flood of reactions for Knives Out, there are a few main takeaways that have everyone in agreement. The first is the story that Johnson has crafted is incredibly clever. After some surprising and subversive plots in his past work, it's no surprise that he delivered the same type of execution with his whodunit. The other big takeaway that audiences have is the cast delivering great performances across the board. With an array of talent at his disposal, it sounds like Johnson has delivered quite a few memorable turns. Craig, De Armas, Collette, Evans, and Christopher Plummer have each been mentioned as true standouts, giving audiences plenty of different performances to look forward to.
These solidify Knives Out as one of the top films of the fall season and one that many should rightfully be excited to check out. There's only two months left until the movie officially hits theaters, and it likely won't be long until a second trailer for the movie drops that includes some of this buzz. But, with the cleverness that many have teased, hopefully future marketing materials, reactions, and the eventual full reviews of Knives Out will be able to keep the surprises intact until November.
Sources: Various (see above)