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    Knives Out

    Watched it yesterday afternoon. Much hyped Rian Johnson murder mystery (both written and directed by him) in the classic Agatha Christie mould. He's a big fan of Peter Ustinov's Poirot and similarly to those adaptations, this has a very good ensemble cast (Christopher Plummer, Jamie Lee Curtis, Daniel Craig, Don Johnson, Chris Evans, Toni Collette, Michael Shannon etc). I enjoyed it for the most part, but did find Craig's southern accent terribly grating.

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    I kind of think that was deliberate - a nod to Finney's Poirot.

    I liked it a lot, though it took a while to get going. It both subverted the whodunnit tropes enough to avoid feeling by-the-numbers and fulfilled them in a satisfying way. I was disappointed that some of the characters, Riki Lindholme's in particular, were under-used.

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      #3
      The trailer for this film is so teeth-grindingly annoying that I cannot contemplate any circumstances that would persuade me to go to the cinema to watch it.

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        #4
        I won’t be going near it, either

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          #5
          I enjoyed it, it was lots of fun but I agree that some of the cast was under used. I knew I was predisposed to like it on the very first few shots when you could see that the lighting was naturalistic. I hadn't realised how tired I was of technicolour or colour balanced or whatever, false coloured cinema.

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            #6
            Originally posted by Ray de Galles View Post
            The trailer for this film is so teeth-grindingly annoying that I cannot contemplate any circumstances that would persuade me to go to the cinema to watch it.
            That's kind of on you for watching trailers. Don't do that, they ruin films.

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              I love the trailers (as that guy at the Odeon says) and a cinema trip is always slightly spoiled if I miss them.

              They ruin films if they give too much away but are valuable if they pique your interest or, in this case, tip you off to stay the hell away.

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                #8
                Except they are a totally unreliable indicator of the quality or even tenor of a film. If they don't give too much away, they deliberately mislead you.

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                  #9
                  There may be occasions when they're "a totally unreliable indicator" regarding a film but to the practised eye and weighed up alongside trusted reviewers that should be a rarity.

                  I can think of very few occasions when a trailer has been a factor in my decision to see a movie but proved to be significantly misleading, or conversely when a trailer has contributed to my choice to give a film a miss in the cinema which I've then regretted when I've caught up with it on TV.
                  Last edited by Ray de Galles; 03-12-2019, 12:22.

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                    #10
                    I haven’t seen any trailers. It just sounds good and got great reviews so I’ll see it soon.

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                      #11
                      Saw this today. It was great. Served as another reminder that I have an irrational yet deep dislike for Toni Collette, but she was fine in it. As was Don Johnson, who I always consider a bit of a lightweight. Craig was great; so was Plummer.

                      We both thought it was ten minutes too long.

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