Did you hear this callback to the first part of the Knives Out series?
Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery is full of many cameos like Hugh Grant, Natasha Lyonne, Angela Lansbury and many more. But did you know that one of those surprise guests contains a hidden Easter egg from the film’s predecessor?
During a scene between Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) and Andi Brand (Janelle Monae), a gym screen shows famous tennis player Serena Williams reading a book. Although the two characters assume it’s just a representation, it’s ultimately a live feed of the athlete hired by Miles Bron (Edward Norton) to help with physical training sessions.
Gravity’s Rainbow is a throwback to the original Knives Out, in which Blanc and Marta Cabrera (Ana de Armas) discuss Thomas Pynchon’s true classic novel. In this scene, the two characters talk about the title of the book, in which Blanc states: “It describes the natural law of a projectile’s path. Et voila, my method. I observe the facts with no bias of the head or the heart.”
Despite the characters’ confession of never having read the book, the director of the Knives Out series, Rian Johnson, has a complicated relationship with the novel, having read it a couple of times but does not recommend the novel to anyone, mainly because of it that there are a whopping 780 pages. In conversation with SFGate, says Johnson: “It seems like a big challenge, but it’s actually the most entertaining book ever written. And it’s a book where you will literally experience every emotion possible.”
Knives Out also has other Easter Eggs of Gravity’s Rainbow throughout the film, including WWII-era V-2 rockets on Harlan Thrombey’s shelves. Additionally, Johnson discusses the similarities to other Pynchon projects such as The Crying of Lot 49 and Vineland. For example, Vineland inspired the dysfunctional family dynamic in Knives Out due to his unique portrayal of characters.
Now that Rian Johnson has continued to show his love for Thomas Pynchon’s novels in Glass Onion, there could be another nod to his work in a possible third installment in the series. There is currently no news of another Knives Out movie, but this is most likely due to its massive success on the Netflix streaming platform.
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