This is the second of three Stephen Sondheim inclusive movies I've seen that came out this year. JOKER, with Joaquin Phoenix giving a fantastic performance in a bleak and pointless Marvel Comics inspired film, plays an emotionally imbalanced New Yorker in a clown suit who gets beaten up by three yuppies on a subway train as they sing "Send In The Clowns." In the closing credits, we hear Frank Sinatra's gorgeous rendition of that Stephen Sondheim show tune from 1973's Broadway musical, A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC. In MARRIAGE STORY, Adam Driver sings "Being Alive" from the 1970 Stephen Sondheim Broadway musical, COMPANY. I haven't seen that movie yet.
In KNIVES OUT, Daniel Craig sits in a car alone and sings "Losing My Mind" from the 1971 Stephen Sondheim Broadway musical, FOLLIES.
I know that Daniel Craig experiences great popularity as our current James Bond. But, as good a Bond as he is, I prefer Craig in non-007 roles -- like as the no-name criminal in the 2004 British crime thriller, LAYER CAKE, as the brawny married man who's sexually attracted to the lonely 50+ woman living in the house he's renovating in 2003's THE MOTHER and as one of the convicted Death Row killers being interviewed by Truman Capote in 2006's INFAMOUS. Daniel Craig's highly entertaining performance in KNIVES OUT is one I add to that list.
KNIVES OUT doesn't try to be Oscar bait or make a great social commentary. It's a brisk, brightly acted murder mystery with a racially inclusive cast and good roles for women in ages 30 to 60. The mystery kept me guessing. I loved the original screenplay. KNIVES OUT is sharp fun. Happy New Year!