Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (titled onscreen as simply Glass Onion) is a mystery film written and directed by Rian Johnson and produced by Johnson and Ram Bergman. It is a standalone sequel to the 2019 film Knives Out. Master detective Benoit Blanc takes on a new case revolving around tech billionaire Miles Bron.
I am a huge fan of these “who done it” themed movies so I hurried to see Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery and as I expected, the movie was very amusing and quite entertaining!
During the COVID-19 pandemic in May 2020, Miles Bron (Edward Norton), a billionaire and co-founder of the technology company called Alpha, hosts a murder mystery game at the Glass Onion, his mansion on a private island in Greece. He invites five friends: Alpha head scientist Lionel Toussaint (Leslie Odom Jr.), Connecticut governor Claire Debella (Kathryn Hahn), controversial fashion designer Birdie Jay (Kate Hudson), men’s rights streamer Duke Cody (Dave Bautista), and ousted Alpha co-founder Cassandra “Andi” Brand (Janelle Monáe). The five friends are delivered a wooden puzzle box that must be deciphered in order to find the invitation inside. The five travel to Miles’s island, along with Birdie’s assistant Peg (Jessica Henwick) and Duke’s girlfriend Whiskey (Madelyn Cline). Famous detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) joins them, although Miles says he did not invite Benoit, he allows him to stay, assuming another guest sent him an invitation as a joke.
This “who done it” game turns into a real murder mystery causing the entire group of guests to be suspicious and considered to be in danger. Everyone is a suspect and no one has a clue as to what’s going on. Before dinner, Miles shows off his valuable glass sculptures, as well as the Mona Lisa, which he has on loan from the Louvre. The dialogue is somewhat funny and the clues will keep you guessing until you actually know who is the guilty party. Miles reveals that the murderer isn’t the only danger. Now, newly added to this game is a direct threat that no one sees coming. Glass Onion is entertaining and a little chaotic. The film is fast-paced and can be confusing at times. Overall, the mystery does get sorted out with a surprise ending as expected in the Knives Out series. Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery grossed 13.1 million over its five-day release in theaters. On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 92% of 395 critics’ reviews are positive, with an average rating of 8/10. The website’s consensus reads, “Glass Onion brings back Benoit Blanc for another wildly entertaining mystery rounded out by an outstanding ensemble cast.” Glass Onion is currently streaming on Netflix — Check It Out!
FYI: Netflix holds the film rights to at least one more film in the series. Craig and Johnson separately said that they would continue making further films in the series, so long as they were both involved together. The third film is now in the works.
[GLASS ONION: A KNIVES OUT MYSTERY is Oscar-nominated at the 95th Academy Awards for BEST: Writing (Adapted Screenplay) — totaling 1 nomination]
I too love a good whodunit. Who can argue with a stellar cast, even if they don’t have to act. A bit cornball, but I’ll be back for the next one, even if it’s equally mindless.
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