It’s been a while since I posted a trailer and today a couple of them caught my eye. One of them is one of my most-anticipated holiday releases and the other is one I hadn’t even heard of before but the subject matter intrigued me!
So let’s start with the one coming out on Netflix first…
Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery
So the Rian Johnson-created detective Benoit Blanc is surely giving Agatha Christie and Sherlock a run for their money! It’s making Johnson and its star Daniel Craig plenty rich too, with Netflix outbidding Apple and Amazon to acquire the rights to this one and its sequel for a whopping $469 mil! The first one released by Lionsgate grossed over $311 mil on a $40 mil budget, no small feat for an original whodunnit movie not based on original IP.
This time, Blanc travels to Greece for his latest case, specifically a private Greek island where tech billionaire Miles Bron (Edward Norton) invites his friends for a getaway. The Grecian scenery is perfect for a December release as I know I’ll be dreaming of an island getaway all Winter long. Joining Craig and Norton is a fantastic ensemble cast: Janelle Monáe, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., Jessica Henwick, Madelyn Cline, Kate Hudson, and Dave Bautista.
The trailer looks like a lot of fun! I’m actually hoping there’ll be a theatrical press screening for this before it drops on Netflix on December 23.
Today is the first time I learned that there’s a movie being made about Joseph Bologne aka Chevalier de Saint-Georges! If your first reaction is ‘who?’ well, that’s all the more reason a movie about him ought to be made. I had the privilege of seeing The Anonymous Lover, a romantic comedy Opera performance by the Minnesota Opera last February, as part of a celebration for black composers.
Per Wiki, the movie chronicles the rise and resurgence of Chevalier de Saint-Georges, a French-Caribbean violinist and composer who rose to fame through his musical prodigy. But a complicated love life and the racism of the ancien regime lead to a falling out with Marie Antoinette and Saint-Georges realizes that things must change.
Chevalier has plenty of accomplishments in addition to being a musical genius that inspired Mozart himself (per this article). He was apparently Queen Marie-Antoinette’s music teacher and confidant, an elite musketeer of the King’s Horse Guard; a master swordsman and Europe’s fencing champion, a military hero who championed the French Revolution, as well as being quite the ladiesman.
Kelvin Harrison Jr. has been on a roll starring in music-themed movies. He was in Cyrano (where he displayed his singing prowess), as well as in Elvis as B.B. King. I like both of his performances and am glad to see him as the lead this time around. He’s a charismatic actor with looks and talents to spare. He’s surrounded by a great ensemble cast: Minnie Driver, Samara Weaving, and Lucy Boynton as Marie Antoinette. Unfortunately I’ve got to wait until April 7, 2023 for its release.