The first trailer for Rian Johnson's Knives Out has finally arrived, and it's got one hell of a soundtrack. Johnson's first film since Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Knives Out boasts a big cast and a good old-fashioned whodunit at the center of it all. Johnson is returning to familiar, Brick-esque territory with his latest film but the trailer makes it clear he's turning the dial up to 11 on this.
Knives Out follows the Robinson clan, who are all under investigation by Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) and his partner, Detective Troy Archer (LaKeith Stanfield). The Robinson family patriarch (Christopher Plummer) has just turned up dead the morning after his birthday party where all of his family had gathered to celebrate. As Blanc and Archer dig deeper, keeping the Robinsons at the family's country estate until they get the answers they need, all of the family skeletons seem to come out of the closet while tensions rise, with family members pointing fingers at one another over who could have committed the murder.
To underscore all of the drama and heightened mystery that is pervasive in the Knives Out trailer, Frank Sinatra's "I'm Gonna Live Until I Die" was chosen to play throughout. Listen to the full song below.
Sinatra's voice is a great call for Knives Out, managing to break through all of the characters' colorful personalities as they clash and really add a sense of throwback prestige to the entire affair. The song lyrics, which include the chorus "I'm gonna live till I die/I'm gonna laugh 'stead of cry/I'm gonna take the town and turn it upside down/I'm gonna live, live, live until I die," also do a bang-up job of hammering home this notion of oversized personalities coming together and their relationships combusting, culminating in the unthinkable: a murder. If the Knives Out trailer makes one thing clear, it's definitely that these characters are going to live large until it all comes crashing to a halt.
Considering Johnson has constructed what seems to be a classically-styled murder mystery in the vein of Agatha Christie or Sherlock Holmes, it seems only natural a song from a time gone by will help increase excitement and curiosity. There's no word yet on what the rest of the soundtrack will sound like but there's a good chance Johnson and his team have chosen to stick to a jazzy, orchestra-heavy score for the film. Additionally, if Sinatra is popping up in the trailer, he just might return for another song on the soundtrack. Who knows? Perhaps another jazz singer or two will also be heard on the soundtrack, adding to the nostalgic mood that is set with the Knives Out trailer.
- Knives Out (2019) release date: Nov 27, 2019