From crafting Breaking Brad's greatest episode (Ozymandias), to Looper, to tainting the term "subverting expectations" with Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Rian Johnson has had quite the "Shamalan" of a career, quickly hopping between receiving the highest of praises to receiving death threats from unbathed basement-dwelling nostalgia leaches.
Luckily, Knives Out serves not only as a revival for "subverting expectations", but as a springboard to shoot Johnson back to the top of critical praise. This is a complex, layered, immaculate film, bursting with charisma from both behind the camera and in front of it.
The cast is STACKED, but Ana de Armes is the real star here; and boy does she shine!
But again, the cast is rich with talent, and none of it goes to waste; Every single performer brings their own voice to this sorry, and it all fits together to form one of the most interesting, mind-boggling, suspenseful, funny, thrilling mysteries put to screen.