EASTON - This year has been a great year to go to the movies. From astonishing blockbusters like Avengers: Endgame and Frozen II to critical darlings that hit it big like Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and Parasite, there seems to be a story for everyone at the theater these days. One particular crowdpleaser that made a big splash at the box office this past Thanksgiving weekend is the murder mystery, Knives Out.
Directed by Rian Johnson, Knives Out stars Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, and more, as shared by the Boston Globe. They all turned in incredible performances, but considering that most of the filming was done in New England, it seems as if the film owes a great debt of gratitude to the aesthetic of Massachusetts.
Much of the filming for this movie took place in 2018 across various locations in New England. To achieve the feeling of a classic, Agatha Christie or Clue type murder mystery, Johnson decided to set the majority of the movie in an illustrious mansion that feels like a living antique thrust into the modern era. One of the buildings used for the mansion was privately owned, but the other one is known as the Ames Mansion, per Boston.com.
Found in Easton, Massachusetts, the Ames Mansion was built during the 1900s from palatial stone, but it now possesses most of its impact as a fixture in Borderland State Park. It's a stately manor that fit the whodunnit vibes aptly, according to Charlie Harrington, the film's location manager.
As for the movie itself, I cannot recommend it highly enough. I think if you are eager to see a movie this year at the theaters that is not one of the multi-billion dollar entries from the Walt Disney machine, then you should make it to Knives Out. I can think of no other time at the theater that I've had as much fun with watching a movie as this mystery thriller.
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