I’m definitely in the camp that Star Wars: The Last Jedi is great, and I love that long ago, far, far away galaxy. That said, I’m happy director Rian Johnson still takes the time to make twisty, clever, albeit smaller genre movies. Especially his upcoming murder mystery Knives Out. It’s one of my most-anticipated movies of the year, and this first trailer does nothing to dissuade my excitement.
This Knives Out trailer looks like a blast of a modern throwback to Agatha Christie whodunnits. Though I was admittedly tempted to sternly admonish Chris Evans with a terse, “Language.”
This feels like a perfect vehicle for Johnson. Brick puts a cool spin on an old school noir tale, and while Looper is full-on sci-fi, it’s still a hard-boiled mystery at the core. He loves to play around with this formula and give it tweaks and nudges into new territory.
And that cast. How can one look at this collection of fantastic actors and not be at least a bit intrigued, if not full-blown, frothing at the mouth slobbering? The credits feature Evan, Christopher Plummer, Toni Collette, Daniel Craig, Jamie Lee Curtis, Don Johnson, LaKeith Stanfield, Ana De Armas, Michael Shannon, Noah Segan, Katherine Langford, Jaeden Martell, Riki Lindhome, and Edi Patterson.
Here’s a synopsis:
When renowned crime novelist Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) is found dead at his estate just after his 85th birthday, the inquisitive and debonair Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) is mysteriously enlisted to investigate. From Harlan’s dysfunctional family to his devoted staff, Blanc sifts through a web of red herrings and self-serving lies to uncover the truth behind Harlan’s untimely death.
I’ve never been a big Thanksgiving fan, but this year, there’s definitely something to look forward to. Knives Out arrives just in time for Turkey Day on November 27. Sorry, fam, I have other plans that night.