Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery is a Netflix Original and sequel to Rian Johnson’s Knives Out. After the worlds greatest detective receives an invitation to an eccentric billionaire’s murder mystery weekend, the stakes become real as guests begin dying! Let’s consider the pros and cons of Glass Onion…
Pros: Firstly, the cast as a whole is fantastic! Daniel Craig is a tour de force as Benoit Blanc, but Janelle Monáe holds her own opposite Craig’s bombastic performance. Secondly, the sleek direction and clever script from Rian Johnson is delightful and helps sets the tone for this modern whodunit. Lastly, although I have issues with the plot, the story is easy to follow and accomplishes what it sets out to do. Overall, the various puzzle pieces work well together.
Cons: While the pacing is excellent during the intro, most of the momentum stops during the expositional flashbacks. There is important information during these flashbacks, but it does detract from the present-day story. Secondly, although the characters are eccentric and entertaining to watch, the backstory of how their group comes to be is unsatisfying. It has little bearing overall, but I think Rian Johnson wanted an eclectic group of people whether their formation made sense or not. Lastly, although It’s implied that Edward Norton’s character will face consequences at the end, nothing substantial happens to get his friends to turn on him. He’s dishonest as can be, but since his friend’s were already willing to perjure themselves for him, I would’ve liked to see their change of heart instead of accepting that they’ve suddenly grown a conscience.
I give Glass Onion an A-. The talented cast and engaging mystery is a blast to watch and will keep you smiling throughout! If you’re looking for a fun movie to watch with friends or family, this is a great option. Happy Watching!
Where to Watch
- Netflix with Subscription
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