Knives Out

Knives Out ★★★★★

Despite having one of my best in-theater experiences ever the first time I watched this, I had resisted it every time it came up in a streaming or VOD browse. I just worried that the surprise of the movie, and the ways it keeps upending our expectations of what exactly the story is and why anything is happening, was too important, and that watching with that knowledge would make it less fun a second time. I was wrong. If anything, seeing it "spoiled," so to speak, makes it MORE fun in many ways, because it becomes easier to appreciate both the illusions Rian Johnson is pulling off and how he is perpetrating them. Swiss watch perfection, from first minute to last.