Ahead of availability on Netflix next month, The Glass Onion: The Mystery of the Knives is currently in theaters in a limited weekly release. It’s a fine film, but one of the smarter things was how Rian Johnson got away with something the director said would “spoil [him] in another mystery film. Some spoilers O Glass onion below.
In February 2020, Johnson revealed how “bad guys can’t have iPhones on camera” and joked how “every filmmaker who has a villain in their movie that’s supposed to be a secret wants to murder me right now.”
Apple allows you to use an iPhone in movies, but, and this is very important if you’re ever watching a mystery movie, the bad guys can’t have an iPhone on camera.
In the 2019 film, Apple is featured in the “producers would like to thank” section of the end credits. The character played by Chris Evans makes significant use of an Android phone (as well as Chrome and Proton Mail). Everyone else had an iPhone, and more than a few people wore an Apple Watch.
The sequel, which was part of an intense bidding war with Apple and Amazon before Netflix won, will see many of the characters using Samsung’s foldable Android device. We see several Galaxy Fold and Flip devices being actively used by the main cast.
Dave Bautista’s character was on Fold, while Kathryn Hahn had Flip. Kate Hudson’s also used a normal Galaxy S smartphone. Some liberties may have been taken with the device generations with slightly newer models – to my eye – used than those available when the film took place in the mid-2020s.
The widespread use of non-iPhone devices likely serves several purposes. First, to fulfill this Apple edict (in more ways than one…), but also to confuse viewers who realize that “bad guys can’t have iPhones on camera”. At the same time, Johnson wants us to be suspicious of the main cast, and their use outside of the iPhone seems to confirm that.
There is also a fourth purpose (second, greater way Glass onion “bad guys can’t use iPhones” leaks, but I’d rather not spoil it until more people can see the movie.
Meanwhile, the iPad Pro has a funny look and nameplate of Daniel Craig and Edward Norton. Other notable and mild spoiler-y technical inclusions include:
- Daniel Craig – in a bathtub – stars (and is bad) in Between Us with Natasha Lyonne, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Angela Lansbury and Stephen Sondheim.
- Live broadcasts on YouTube and Twitch.
- Heavy, if not plot-central, use of Google Alerts by Dave Bautista.
- A major (fictional) news article from The Verge.
The Glass Onion: The Mystery of the Knives coming to Netflix on December 23rd.
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