Movie review: Glass Onion: A KNIVES OUT MYSTERY

By ABBIE BERNSTEIN / General Writer

Posted: Nov 23, 2022 / 07:50 AM

The Glass Onion: Knives Out of Mystery | © 2022 Netflix

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stars: Daniel Craig, Edward Norton, Kate Hudson, Dave Bautista, Janelle Monae, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., Jessica Henwick, Madeline Klein, Noah Seguin, Jackie Hoffman
clerk: Rian Johnson
Director: Rian Johnson
distributor: Netflix
Release date: November 23, 2022 (play), December 23, 2022 (Netflix streaming)

“Glass Onion” is the title of the Beatles’ noisy song. It is now also the (primary) address of The Glass Onion: Knives Out of Obscurity From writer/director Rian Johnson.

Like 2019 Take out the knivesWritten and directed by Johnson, glass onion Stars Daniel Craig as Benoit Blanc, described by the media as “the world’s greatest living detective”. Blanc pretends to be humble, but he doesn’t deny this rating either.

also like Take out the knivesAnd the glass onion It brings together a group of wealthy people who are bound by long-term bonds, whether they like each other or not. There is a mansion and a murder and Blanc is brought in to investigate.

Except with glass onionBlanc appears before the murder, and what he does there is part of the mystery. Tech entrepreneur Miles Bron (Edward Norton) throws a party every year for his old friends and/or colleagues, whom he affectionately calls “glitches”. This time, the action takes place on Miles’ private island off the coast of Greece, where he owns a mansion called – well, there’s no point in guessing this.

Guests include Miles’ head of scientific genius, Lionel Toussaint (Leslie Odom Jr.), who is openly concerned about the project Miles wants to launch; Politician Claire DiBella (Kathryn Hahn), former model and influencer Birdie Guy (Kate Hudson) and her assistant Paige, YouTube ‘Men’s Rights’ star Duke Cody (Dave Bautista) and his girlfriend Whiskey (Madeline Kline).

Miles also invites his former business partner Cassandra “Andi” Brand (Janelle Monae) to every weekend at his party, but the professional divide is so antagonistic that no one expects her to attend. Imagine their surprise when you arrive.

The real real wild card is Blanc, who actually got an invite – but it didn’t come from Miles. Blanc apologizes for the mistake, but once Miles recovers from his surprise, he’s glad to have the detective show up, because the weekend will include a murder mystery game.

This, of course, does not go as planned, but not in the way anyone (including the audience) expected.

as in Take out the knivesJohnson shows a great sense of humor. in glass onion, it feels more festival. When Blanc finally expresses his anger, it is expressed in a hilarious way precisely because we totally agree with him.

Johnson is also a master of misdirection, playing with us just enough that we’re not sure when we’re being given a clue versus when we’re being given a hilarious red herring. There’s clever wordplay, plenty of backstory, and a clever balance between the piece’s general Agatha Christie style and modern sensibilities.

Craig, as before, seems to be having a blast playing Southern genius Blanc, both in his usual gentlemanly demeanor and in his wrathful indignation. Norton is wonderfully smart as Miles. Monae are strong and versatile, and everyone is so good. There are also some cameos that are uncommonly affected.

Rick Heinrichs production design is fantastic, with some particularly stunning touches in the Miles Island mansion.

There is one big plot twist glass onion This can be guessed in advance, not because of anything in the script, but because of the overall tone of the movie. This descriptive allusion is not a strike against glass onionRather, it is a commendable testament to how exactly the filmmakers understand the genre of film they are making.

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