Good old fashioned whodunnits are rare on the silver screen, but Rian Johnson has one on deck with KnivesOut. It’s premiered in Toronto and early reaction indicates a major crowd favorite that has killer box office potential. The Looper and StarWars: TheLastJedi maker has apparently fashioned a laugh out loud comedy that makes fine use of its all-star cast led by Daniel Craig. We also have Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, Don Johnson, Michael Shannon, Lakeith Stanfield, and Christopher Plummer onboard.
So when it comes to this genre, will Knives follow in the path of Robert Altman’s GosfordPark (multiple nominations) or Kenneth Branagh’s 2017 version of MurderontheOrientExpress (nada). The likelihood is that nods in the major categories could be elusive even if it strikes a chord with crowds. The best hope could be with Johnson’s original screenplay or supporting turns that have been singled out, like Evans and especially de Armas.
The better bet is a nomination for Production Design, which has been praised in every write up I’ve scanned. Bottom line: KnivesOut has announced itself as a probable hit and there’s at least a chance that Academy voters could notice. My Oscar Watch posts will continue…
Emily Blunt has had a decade filled with acclaimed performances in high-profile features including Looper, EdgeofTomorrow, Sicario (she sat out its sequel this summer), and TheGirlontheTrain. In 2018, this rose to an even greater level with a pair of very different titles.
In April, Blunt headlined the horror pic of the year with AQuietPlace directed by her husband John Krasinski. Her role as an expectant mother trying to protect her unborn baby and other children from monsters drew critical raves. The film debuted to a stunning $50 million and took in $188 million domestically.
This month, she took on the iconic role made famous over 50 years ago by Julie Andrews in the Disney sequel MaryPoppinsReturns. Reviews were mostly strong for it as well, especially for Blunt’s take on the British nanny. It, too, should leg out to a stateside gross approaching $200 million.
2019 is expected to be a quiet one for the actress while she’ll star alongside Dwayne Johnson in the summer of 2020 with the Mouse Factory’s JungleCruise. As for this year, it was anything but quiet for Ms. Blunt.