Knives Out | Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned

Knives Out was  a great murder mystery that up-ended the genre.  We loved the acting and the story progression.  It was surprising that Rian Johnson pulled this one off after making the disappointing The Last Jedi.

SPOILER ALERT!  Watch the movie before proceeding.

Lessons Learned from Knives Out

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Sky: There’s always a lesson to learn.

  • That was a great scene and neat seeing how Harlan thought he was poisoned but then was still paying attention and learned a great way to murder somebody with morphine.  He even whipped out his notepad to jot it down.

Dusty: Be perceptive and pay attention to the world around you.

  • Marta (Ana de Armas) paid attention and realized that clues were left behind.  She smartly noticed them then worked to obscure those clues from Benoit Blanc (played by Daniel Craig).

What a great cast of characters.

Dusty: There are no such things as coincidences.

  • Every detective knows that things happen for a reason and everything is tied together.

Sky: Nobody responds well to ultimatums. 

  • Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) told Richard (Don Johnson) to tell his wife about the affair or he would. That’s reason enough for murder for a lot of people.

Great acting across the board from de Armas, Evans and Craig.

Dusty: Don’t do things that put yourself in harms way.

  • What a stupid idea!  The maid tried to meet with Ransom (Chris Evans) in secret to expose him.  He’s capable of murder!  Stay away and involve the cops.

Love that knife display.

Sky: Don’t talk politics at a party.

  • It almost always leads to an argument.

Rotten Tomatoes scores:

  • The Audience: 97%
  • The Critics: 93%

Check out the IMDB page for more info.

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Bad Times at the El Royale | Spoiler Review & Lessons Learned #19

Bad Times at the El Royale Spoiler Review and Lessons Learned

Bad Times at the El Royale was an enthralling movie from moment one.  With incredible performances by Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Chris Hemsworth and the rest of the cast, it’s a can’t miss movie.  But, even for how good it was, we wouldn’t be surprised if we never watch it again.

Lessons Learned from Bad Times at the El Royale

Once you start down the wrong path, it’s tough to turn it around.

  • Miles (Lewis Pullman) doing bad things at the hotel; Rose (Cailee Spaeny) falling under a cult leader’s spell, killing, then not even caring when her sister dies.

Stand for something or you will fall for anything. Read your bible and never join a cult.

  • Rose was in a bad way and susceptible to Billy Lee’s temptations (Chris Hemsworth).  What a terrible situation to be in.

It’s never too late to change your ways.

  • Sure, maybe you can’t make it up to those you’ve wronged or get forgiveness from them, but you can do right from this point forward (even if you’re on your way to death’s door).

Always look for wires and behind mirrors in every hotel and airbnb room.

  • Yep, good advice fo’sho.

We always revert back to our level of training in times of stress.

  • Miles picked up the rifle in a stressful moment and got right back to killing.

Don’t assume someone is incapacitated. Make sure they are tied up.

  • Yeah, Emily (Dakota Johnson) totally screwed up by allowing Rose to be free while she investigated the corridor.

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Learn more about this movie from IMDB.

Finally!  It seems like forever since we’ve seen a movie with audience and critics simpatico.  Audience at 76% and critics at 72% on Rotten Tomatoes works for us.

We’re going to discuss our individual Top 5 Defining Childhood Movies in the next episode.

If you missed it, last week we discussed lessons learned from Venom.