Glass Onion, the Knives Out Sequel, Leaves Audiences Wanting More
As the title implies, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery was a murder mystery film that debut in the United States on November 23 last year and was available for streaming on Netflix as of December 23. The movie combines comedy with the general plot expected of a murder mystery to create a memorable experience that keeps viewers entertained as they watch the story and truth unfold.
Right off the bat, the film has a packed cast starring Edward Norton as Miles Bron, Kathryn Hahn as Clair Debella, Leslie Odom Jr. as Lionel Toussaint, and Daniel Craig as the main character Detective Benoit Blanc, to name a few.
The movie is set right in the middle of 2020, amidst the covid pandemic and lockdown. The plot is set in motion as the disgustingly rich Miles Bron sends an invitation to all of his old friends for an island getaway in Greece. From then on, the rest of the film and the oncoming chaos is mainly caused by the disruption brought by this friend group, all trying to advance their separate agendas.
As some may know, Glass Onion is a sequel to Knives Out, a movie released in 2019. However, the two films have separate plots, and watching the former movie isn’t required to enjoy or understand the latter.
The only significant link between these movies is one of the main characters, and the odd one out in the island getaway, Benoit Blanc, an elderly detective that finds himself amongst the rest of the cast. Despite this, knowing about his exploits in Knives Out is not necessary.
The movie starts slow, taking a while to get to the murder part of the murder mystery, but Glass Onion’s runtime is just over two hours, so this might be right on pace.
One of the most eye-catching things about the movie is its imagery which borders on absurdity. The comedic elements range throughout the film, from Bron’s unnecessarily lavish and tech-filled mansion to the exaggerated characters, which seem to be playing caricatures of their own characters, coming off as one-dimensional and stereotype-y at times.
Nonetheless, Glass Onion doesn’t fail to keep its viewers amused, if not for the story, then for the staggeringly beautiful world it occurs in. It also utilizes non-linear storytelling to keep viewers captivated and intrigued, as we never know the whole, truthful story till the very end.
From start to finish, Glass Onion shines in its storytelling and landscapes, as both progress slowly at first, making the audiences’ theories and opinions rise to meet the climax and conclusion of the mystery taking place on the beautiful little island of the Glass Onion.
Glass Onion receives high praise from viewers and critics alike, gaining a whopping 92% on Rotten Tomatoes. Fans of Detective Blanc’s adventures are also in for good news. While there isn’t any news on a tentative release date, there will be a third Knives Out movie, which is already in the works.
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