Glass Onion used sly detail to make killer's identity harder to spot than Knives Out
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Warning: Contains spoilers for Knives Out
Both Knives Out and Glass Onion were designed to keep people guessing, but the latest instalment of the mystery series includes one sly detail to help conceal the killer's identity.
Detective Benoit Blanc is back in the Knives Out sequel which arrived on Netflix just before Christmas, and over the last few days viewers have been trying to keep up as he takes us through the twists and turns that take place around the Glass Onion.
Like Knives Out, the film is a classic whodunnit, but following the release of the original mystery, viewers realised there was one feature which could help identify the killer early on.
In a February 2020 interview with Vanity Fair, director Rian Johnson revealed that 'bad guys cannot have iPhones on camera'.
“I don’t know if I should say this or not. Not because it’s lascivious or something, but because it’s gonna screw me on the next mystery movie that I write. But forget it, I’ll say it, it’s very interesting. Apple, they let you use iPhones in movies—but, and this is very pivotal, if you’re ever watching a mystery movie, bad guys cannot have iPhones on camera," Johnson said.
He added: “Every single filmmaker who has a bad guy in their movie that’s supposed to be a secret wants to murder me right now."
After learning this fact, film fans rewatched Knives Out to see that the killer, Chris Evans' character Ransom Drysdale, very clearly did not use an iPhone throughout the movie, but other characters did.
As Johnson confirmed that those with iPhones couldn't be the 'bad guys', that indicated Ransom was the one we could point the finger at.
Now with the secret out, Johnson had to make a change to ensure Glass Onion viewers wouldn't immediately spot the telltale Android phone and identify the killer.
The characters do use phones in the film, but instead of allowing them to use iPhones and leaving the killer with an Android, the director instead decided to give multiple people an Android.
Viewers will notice that main cast members rely on Samsung phones to communicate, with Dave Bautista and Kathryn Hahn’s characters using the Samsung Galaxy Z Fold and a Galaxy Z Flip, while Kate Hudson’s character is addicted to her Galaxy S phone.
The smart detail ensures that viewers have multiple suspects to choose from while trying to work out who is behind the murder, leaving us guessing right until the very end.