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Trailer Reaction: Knives Out (2019)

There seems to be a new trailer released every day as of right now. It was only yesterday when I did a trailer reaction to Jumanji: The Next Level, and today I am reacting to the first trailer for Knives Out. Check out the trailer for this film below before I go into depth about it.

Knives Out (2019) is due to release in November 2019 and is directed by Rian Johnson (most well known for Star Wars: The Last Jedi). This film has an all star cast, including Ana de Armas, Chris Evans, Daniel Craig and Toni Collette just to name a few. The synopsis of the film is simple: A detective investigates the death of a patriarch of an eccentric, combative family.

I did not know much about this film at all, aside from a few of the actors and that fact that Johnson was directing it. This is exactly the type of trailer they needed to drop for a film like this, one that does not give away much of the plot. The focus seems to be on one small location, yet this location looks incredible. It is filled with many props that I am sure will come to play when it comes to the end of the film. The sheer amount of knives arranged gave me an Iron Throne vibe.

The lack of a huge amount of locations means that we as an audience are instead drawn in by the story and the characters, and this film is certainly character based. Everybody seems like they will have a part to play, however big or small. This story is completely driven by characters, their personalities and their motives. There are certainly some standouts just from this trailer, including Daniel Craig and Chris Evans who look to be the leads of the film. Of course, I am drawn to Toni Collette from the trailer. She is beyond exceptional at playing crazy, distraught and emotive characters and this one proves to be the same.

I am wondering how psychological this film is going to get. What I am drawn to is how insane the characters are, and whether the family trauma caused it or if there is something behind what is clearly shown in this trailer. I also am intrigued to see how far they go in terms of violence, and if things will get bloody and physical. This is a story that is going to be simple in presentation, but I want to see how far Johnson can push. With a cast this strong and an intriguing premise, this better have a strong screenplay to back it up. The simpler the story, the tougher it is for a screenplay to impress.

This film trailer is giving me the same feelings that a certain film named Bad Times at the El Royale did for me last year. The trailer showcased one particular location, a dark yet dry film filled with mystery, and all lead by an all-star cast, both out near the end of the year. However, I ended up being extremely disappointed in Bad Times at the El Royale. I certainly hope that this film lives up to the high expectations that this trailer has created.

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