I always have been, an always will be, obsessed with the “whodunit.” Mostly a television commodity now (see Murder Room, Psych, Monk, Castle, Columbo, etc.), the genre once populated film and literature, with titans like Sidney Lumet, Neil Simon, and especially Agatha Christie teasing audiences with a clever mystery that would culminate in a twist only the smartest audience members could see coming. The genre has made headway in recent years, as Gosford Park and Kenneth Branagh’s Poirot reboots have been box office successes. However, we have yet to see a whole-hearted, earnest reboot of the genre. Enter Rian Johnson, whose film Knives Out may be the most exciting property from the second half of 2019.
The Robinson family has arrived at the home of the family patriarch, Harlem Thrombey (Christopher Plummer) for a family gathering. Tensions flare, things go awry, and suddenly Harlem is found dead. Enter Detectives Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) and Troy Archer (LaKeith Stanfield), as well as Trooper Wagner (Noah Segan) to investigate. But with everyone having a motive, and past issues lurking under the surface, it really could be any of them: daughter Linda (Jamie Lee Curtis), son-in-law Morris (Don Johnson), or grandchildren Joni (Toni Collette), Walt (Michael Shannon), or the emotional Ransom (Chris Evans).
I honestly could not be more excited about Knives Out. After Johnson shook up the world with Star Wars: The Last Jedi (much to fanboys’ chagrin), and even before, with Breaking Bad, Brick, and Looper, he has made his films a can’t-miss event. And by organizing an all-star cast – including a post-Avengers Chris Evans, a mid-Bond Daniel Craig, rising stars like LaKeith Stanfield and Ana de Armas, and legends like Jamie Lee Curtis and Don Johnson. This trailer has been taking the world by storm: it was the most-talked about trailer out of CinemaCon, it’s the talk of the Internet today, and more. So I’ve made a specific choice: like The H8ful Eight, La La Land, and Drive before, this will be the trailer for 2019 that I opt out of watching. The first footage of this movie I will be seeing will be in the theater when it releases this fall. I will have a completely fresh experience, and hopefully, it will blow me away. I cannot wait. The rest of the cast is no less impressive, including the great Ana de Armas, Katherine Langford, Riki Lindhome, Frank Oz, M. Emmet Walsh, and Jaeden Martell. The film will be released on November 27th, and if you’re not like me, you can watch the trailer below.