Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (2022)

Movie Title: Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

Year Released: 2022

Rated: PG-13

Runtime: 2h 19min

Genre: Mystery, Comedy

Director: Rian Johnson

Writer: Rian Johnson

Starring: Daniel Craig, Edward Norton, Janelle Monáe, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., Jessica Henwick, Madelyn Cline, Kate Hudson, Dave Bautista, Noah Segan, Jackie Hoffman, Dallas Roberts, Ethan Hawke, Hugh Grant

Review: Tech billionaire Miles Bron (Edward Norton) invites his friends for a getaway on his private Greek island. When someone turns up dead, Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) is put on the case.

Glass Onion is the "sequel" to the Rian Johnson blockbuster hit, Knives Out. I put "sequel" in quotes, because the film features an entirely new cast of characters, except for the debonair detective, Benoit Blanc, played by Daniel Craig. It's not just a new cast, but also an entirely new setting and mystery for Benoit Blanc to solve. In this case, we go to a remote Greek island where billionaire Miles Bron invites all of his inner circle to participate in a murder mystery party for his birthday. But as one might expect, the murder mystery party turns into simply murder, and that's when all hell breaks loose.

Similarly to Knives Out, I really love Rian Johnson's writing in this film. Every minute detail has a payoff. You're not just shown things for fun so to speak. There are so many intricate details and layers to the story, and it's an amazing viewing experience to see Johnson peel back these layers one by one (like an onion!) as the mystery unravels.

What I really love about this movie, and same goes for its predecessor, is its rewatchability. As soon as this ended, I wanted to go back and watch it again. Yes, you know the outcome, but it's fun to watch scenes from earlier in the movie and pick out details that you missed.

Daniel Craig is fantastic once again as Benoit Blanc. He's really just an awesome character, and I foresee a Blanc universe of films on the horizon where Rian Johnson writes an amazing mystery story, and Blanc shows up to solve it. I also really liked Janelle Monáe in this film. She's really the shining light and protagonist of this film amidst a crew of self-indulgent jerks. Without giving too much away, Monáe essentially is tasked with playing two characters who are vastly different, and executes both masterfully.

At the end of the day, I really enjoyed this film. It's a tough call whether I liked it better than Knives Out, but it's really close. I think Johnson and Craig have a formula here for sustained success, and I can't wait to see where this film series takes us next. If you haven't already, fire up Netflix and enter the Glass Onion ASAP!

Stars (out of 4):

Fun Fact: One of the paintings in Miles Bron's (played by Edward Norton) living room is of Edward Norton's head on Brad Pitt's body from Fight Club (1999).


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