“I suspect foul play. I have eliminated no suspects.”
Knives Out is going to be the blockbuster hit of the fall and winter. An updated Agatha Christy tale told in the unique mind of Rian with a cast for the ages? The story looks like it’ll flow at a ridiculously fast pace and the only “slower” aspect of the movie is the fantastic drawl that Daniel Craig speaks in as renowned private investigator Benoit Blanc.
The first shot of the trailer is a pull-away showing the “arena” that the majority of the who-dun-it is going to take place. Follow that with a zoom-in on the individual the story surrounds, the death of the supremely successful author, Harlan Thrombey, played by Christopher Plummer.
Cut through the next 30-40 seconds, it’s all the family members answering questions and showcasing a smidge of their personalities. Also in this portion, that giant protruding circle of knives acts as a magnifying glass. It is an awesome visual, and looking at the frames where the various family members are being interrogated, the wheel of steel is always in view.
I think the line, “When people get desperate, the knives come out,” has a nice little double-meaning of insinuating that literally the knives to kill come out, but backstabbing with babbling and secrets also brings down nearly everyone involved.
The most confusing part of the trailer is what the character Marta is and how she fits in with everything. Who is that dead women she finds near the laundromat? She is the only character on IMDB to not have a last name, therefore my hypothesis is that she is the daughter from whatever adultery Richard Drysdale (played by Don Johnson) that is hinted at in the trailer.
Knives Out has opened up to great reviews at the Toronto International Film Festival. There are details regarding smart political satire that I didn’t think would be present.
Bad Times At the El Royale came out in 2018 and had a good premise and briefly breathed some fresh life into this unique genre, but if the reviews for Knives Out mean anything, this latest comedic mystery is a blast of overabundant enjoyment.
The first trailer for Knives Out got me all jazzed up for it, and not with trailer number two, the anticipation is growing even more. I think this has Ready Or Not entertainment value but with an upside of Clue or Shutter Island. Come thanksgiving, my dessert will be popcorn at the theater making sure I don’t miss this opening it weekend.