Ahead of availability on Netflix subsequent month, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery is at present in theaters for a restricted one-week launch. It’s a nuanced movie, however one of many extra intelligent issues was how Rian Johnson escaped one thing that the director mentioned was “gonna screw [him] on the subsequent thriller film. Some spoilers about Glass Onion under.
Back in February 2020, Johnson shared how “bad guys cannot have iPhones on digital camera” and quipped how “Every single filmmaker who has a bad man of their film that’s purported to be a secret desires to homicide me proper now” for the reveal.
Apple, they allow you to use iPhones in motion pictures, however, and that is very pivotal, for those who’re ever watching a thriller film, bad guys cannot have iPhones on digital camera.
In the 2019 movie, Apple is listed within the “producers want to thank” part of the tip credit. The character performed by Chris Evans prominently makes use of an Android cellphone (in addition to Chrome and Proton Mail). Everyone else had an iPhone and quite a lot of individuals had been carrying an Apple Watch.
In the sequel, which was a part of an intense bidding war with Apple and Amazon earlier than Netflix received, you see that most of the characters are utilizing Android-powered Samsung foldables. We see a number of Galaxy Fold and Flip gadgets actively utilized by the principle forged.
Dave Bautista’s character was on the Fold, whereas Kathryn Hahn’s had a Flip. Kate Hudson’s additionally used a standard Galaxy S smartphone. Some liberties might need been taken by way of system generations with barely newer fashions — to my eye — used than what was out there when the film was set in mid-2020.
The huge utilization of non-iPhone gadgets probably serves a number of functions. First, to fulfill that Apple edict (in additional methods than one…), but in addition to confuse watchers conscious of “bad guys cannot have iPhones on digital camera.” At the identical time, Johnson desires us to be suspicious of the principle forged and their non-iPhone utilization seemingly confirms that.
There’s additionally a fourth function (the opposite, greater manner Glass Onion escapes ‘bad guys cannot use iPhones’), however I’d reasonably not spoil that till extra individuals can watch the film.
Meanwhile, the iPad Pro makes a humorous look and namecheck by Daniel Craig and Edward Norton. Other notable and mildly spoiler-y tech inclusions embody:
- Daniel Craig — in a bath — taking part in (and being bad at) Among Us with Natasha Lyonne, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Angela Lansbury, and Stephen Sondheim.
- YouTube and Twitch livestreams.
- Heavy, if not central to the plot, utilization of Google Alerts by Dave Bautista.
- A pivotal (fictional) information article from The Verge.
Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery is coming to Netflix on December 23.
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