How Did 'Knives Out' Pull Off That Plot Twist?

Rian Johnson knows how to twist an action!

I know, only the name Rian Johnson is causing a sensation here. I get it. I really believe that everyone is entitled to their opinion. The reasons why I love this site and our readers are because they have a passion for creation and are not afraid to speak their mind.

Today, with the Rian Johnson film Knives Out, I want to teach a lesson about changing the plot.

Even though the video example uses some things from The Last Jedi, I'll leave that out.

We will focus on the positive.

I love the subversions used in Knives Out that relate to the genre and make complex decisions that keep the audience busy at every turn.

Check out this video from The Closer Look and let's talk more after the jump!

And of course big spoilers ahead!

How did & # 39; Knives Out & # 39; this conspiracy done?

Man, I really enjoyed this video. I think there were so many positive things to say about how a writer deals with the audience. I wanted to go through the three rules of action again and examine them a little further.

So let's dive right in.

1. Changes of action must improve the narrative

The golden rule for all turns in the plot is that they have to mean something in the larger story. For Knives Out, the twist is that we know who it is, so the rest of the film has to wait until she covers it up.

We have spent so long watching and reading such secrets that the tropics are obvious to us.

How does Rian Johnson improve our experience?

Well, he pulls the curtain back as we watch and search for our protagonist, who is covering up the clues that the traditional detective is looking to accuse.

Secondly, we have the idea that someone else knows them and follows them.

All of these things are based on the riddle, we want to find out who knows what.

This is at the core of the story, but is improved by changing the person's perspective in that story.

2. Truth (or Truthfulness)

What is true at the center of the story? The best turns in the plot are based on what we think of the characters, missions and plot.

Perhaps the most important thing about a big turn is the idea of ​​truth at the center. You want these twists to be logically meaningful and meaningful at the center of the story. That said, it would be really difficult to sell aliens that end up in the middle of Knives Out because they wouldn't feel set up or deserved.

Sure, all the twists and turns must be shocking, but they have to correspond to the story you want to tell.

If you have trouble understanding this, think of foreboding. We have to foresee where the turn is going and we have to give people clues so that the turn makes sense.

Place clues along the way for the audience.

The best clues don't feel like clues, they just record details that make sense later on.

3. A great plot keeps the promise of the film

If you've read Save The Cat's Beat Sheet, you know the promise of the premise. This is the reason why an audience is in the theater or at home and sees your program.

So if you give them a twist, make sure it's both what they're expecting … and unexpected.

Yes … it's super difficult.

People get into a riddle to solve it. What Rian Johnson did so well was that he solved it in advance. We know who killed Thromby … but the following phrase makes perfect sense and pays off the audience's desire for an actual phrase.

The story weaves everything into a compelling narrative and is still surprising when Benoit Blanc looks for clues to the murder, as well as clues to what really happened that night.

As an audience, we also want to know what was said and what happened, but we are also looking for Marta to hide her clues. As Marta hides her clues, we see other clues that later reveal ransom.

It is really a brilliant maneuver!

While there is a possibility that you can turn on the TV or go to the cinema to chat, nothing is more entertaining than the action. They keep the audience busy. They let us pay attention to every detail, evoke deep emotions and are the most talked about when the credits roll. Continue reading!


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