The Lambcast finishes off 2022 with a film that was released a month ago. The reason we are late to this Murder Mystery Party is that the theatrical release was only a week long and we waited until it was streaming to make sure everyone could see it. It’s hard to imagine a podcast with spoilers getting much traction when the movie would not be available to most listeners for a month. It’s here now however, so let’s dive in.
Former Host of the Lambcast Jay Cluitt was a big fan of the first Knives Out film and so he returns to the show to discuss the sequel. Joining him are Howard Casner and Jeanette Ward, who waited for the film to drop on Netflix before seeing it. Howard and Jay have vastly differing opinions on Benoit Blanc’s accent but everyone agrees that the new characters are reprehensible. Jeanette of course thinks Daniel Craig is reprehensible, and he knows why.
The film features an all star cast, of what one Lamb called second rate talent, as potential victims or killers. It also features quick cameo appearances by some other talent, in what can best be described as “Covid” moments. Zoom calls and face masks date this picture, even as it is just getting to it’s audience. The set up of the premise is quick and clever, and the deaths that launch the mystery are mostly non-violent so expect no gore moments. This is a comedy disguised as a mystery.
Director Rian Johnson has his characters reflect the worst impulses of our tech culture and the commentary is not very flattering. The Lambs found a few inconsistencies and those flaws get rolled out and largely dismissed. Edward Norton gives a great lecture on DaVinci’s masterpiece, and then is shown as a fraud with pretentions that might well justify enough animus to kill his character.
Discussion 4:40 (Spoiler Free for the most part)
Spoiler territory starts 36:18
Lambscores Take a Final Bow 1:03:00
Movie Mystery Game 1:33:00
Howard Pop Art
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