Usually, when a director has a movie coming out within a month, they WANT you to watch the trailer and get hyped. So why is Rian Johnson warning fans to stay away from the latest trailer for ‘Knives Out’?
Johnson’s first movie after the controversial Star Wars film The Last Jedi is a quirky whodunnit in the tradition of Agatha Christie–but with a twist. Judging from the trailer, it’s a twisted black comedy wrapped in an old-school murder mystery. That might sound like a stretch if all you’ve seen of Johnson’s work is TLJ, but his first film, Brick, was a modern-day film noir set in a high school, while The Brothers Bloom was a heist film crossed with a fairy tale.
Knives Out stars an impressive ensemble cast, headed by Daniel Craig as detective Benoit Blanc, deploying a thick Southern accent that makes him sound like Foghorn Leghorn.
He’s joined by Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, Christopher Plummer (as the murder victim), Lakeith Stanfield, Michael Shannon, and Don Johnson. 13 Reasons Why breakout star Katherine Langford plays the youngest member of the unhinged family at the heart of the murder mystery. Oh, and Chris Evans is there too, in his first major role since hanging up his shield as Captain America.
With a cast like that, not to mention Johnson’s previous work as a writer/director of quirky indie films, it seems like Knives Out is gonna be great. As long as you don’t watch that trailer!
Rian Johnson announced on Twitter that real fans should avoid the latest trailer, which he claims gives too much away.
“New #knivesout trailer ahoy! As always… it doesn’t spoil anything BUT it shows plenty of new moments that are best experienced for the first time in the movie. If you’re already in for opening night, I recommend coming in clean! With that having been said…”
While critics and audiences are still divided over The Last Jedi, Johnson’s latest movie is currently sitting at a 98% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. If you dare to watch the trailer, you can check it out below! Otherwise, you’ll have to wait until November 27 to catch the movie in theaters.