A Knives Out Mystery vs Knives Out, which movie is better?

The crime genre has undoubtedly grown over the years, from the timeless classic Clue to the modern Knives Out series. What sets these films apart is how invested the audience is in every aspect of the story, where they must search for hidden clues and uncover subtle lies in order to discover the killer’s identity. Now that the Knives Out sequel has officially released on Netflix, crime fans can relive the thrill with a new all-star cast.

Since Glass Onion is the second installment in the franchise, you can’t help but compare it to its predecessor. More importantly, which movie is better? The only way to answer this question is to look at every aspect of these movies and see which one performs better.

Round 1: The Characters

Characters from Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery
Image source: Netflix

Knives Out’s Thrombey family is an eccentric group of characters who pride themselves on one thing: money. After the assassination of Harlan Thrombey (the head of the household), each member deals with their death differently, and you can really see how much wealth affects their judgment as they attempt to claim his inheritance. On the other hand, there are characters like Marta Cabrera (Ana de Armas) and Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) who don’t even care about money and just want to uncover the truth about the murder by showing a more compassionate side.

However, when it comes to diversity, Glass Onion excels in this aspect, mostly because the first installment focuses on one family. In contrast, the second focuses on a group of friends playing a murder mystery dinner party. Everyone on Knives Out has a similar background, having grown up in a wealthy household, except for Marta and a few others. The same could be said of Glass Onion’s characters, but they all stand out in their own way because they all have different stories and different personalities. Additionally, the origin story of the characters, how they all met each other, is a mystery that’s different from the family aspect of Knives Out.

But of course, there’s nothing wrong with focusing on one family, especially since the Knives Out characters also have differences that show their individuality. Nonetheless, Glass Onion’s diversity still outshines its predecessor and gives fans more opportunities to like/relate to a specific character.

Likeability is another concept to keep in mind when comparing the two groups of each film. One of Knives Out’s main characters, Marta, is incredibly relatable due to her nervous tactics and naivety throughout the murder scenario. Alongside Cabrera, Blanc is an extraordinary character who steals the show every time, even making it on Glass Onion thanks to his quirk and ability to solve complex puzzles.

Despite the attraction of Marta and Benoit, the sequel takes it a step further by increasing the likeability rating. The characters may be rich and selfish at some points, but many moments make you laugh because of their outlandish plots and funny one-liners. If you liked Blanc in Knives Out, you’ll surely love him in Glass Onion because you’ll see him in a different light with a new cast of characters.

Winner: Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

Round 2: Acting performances

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Image source: Lionsgate

The acting performances of Knives Out and Glass Onion are among the best in the crime genre. Each actor portrays their characters exceptionally well, and it’s almost impossible to forget they’re acting in a movie. Not to mention the fact that both movies are full of famous stars like Jamie Lee Curtis, Chris Evans, LaKeith Stanfield, Edward Norton, Kate Hudson and others.

All in all, Knives Out’s performance is relatively more believable than Glass Onion because the cast makes you feel like they’re rich, selfish suckers. First there is Jamie Lee Curtis, who portrays her character Linda Drysdale; a mother who keeps telling people how successful she is, even when she gets help from her father. Next we have Toni Collette’s character portrayal of Joni Thrombey, effortlessly displaying raw human emotion in every scene.

Even though the actors in the first part are very popular in Hollywood, they still somehow made themselves into these amazingly repulsive characters. In some cases, audiences may unknowingly hold these prejudices against characters like Chris Evans, who is widely known for his heroic role in Captain America. Nonetheless, Knives Out doesn’t see that side of him and honestly believes he’s a brutal snob.

There are times when the Glass Onion cast makes you hate them, but the cast of Knives Out blows it out of the water with their acting. Getting audiences to like the characters is one thing, but making them hideous is complex, especially with a famous star cast.

Winner: Knives out

Round 3: The action

Benoit Blanc, Andi Brand, and Peg
Image source: Netflix

Every good crime thriller always has a series of plot twists that keep you on your toes with every scene. However, Rian Johnson uses this story mechanic in a specific way, giving the audience a shocking revelation midway through the film and then ending with a final revelation. Based on plot twists alone, Glass Onion is the clear winner here as it offers many surprises throughout the film.

Whether you’ve seen the Knives Out trailer or the movie, you walk into the movie knowing that Harlan is dying. Alternatively, Glass Onion doesn’t explicitly state who the victim of the plot is, adding to the mystery of who perishes. Is it the pompous know-it-all billionaire? Or is it the annoying party girl? There’s no way to tell as there are plenty of plot twists at every turn, possibly more than its predecessor.

Going back to the mid-story surprise, Glass Onion does it relatively better. In Knives Out, the big revelation practically forces the audience to believe that the case is halfway solved because the killer’s identity is somewhat exposed. As a result, you might not think there’s anything left of the film since you already know who the killer is, although there are other mysteries at the end.

Glass Onion’s twist in the middle plays out differently because there is no solution to the killer’s identity. Instead, it just gives you one piece of the puzzle by offering the audience a new, game-changing perspective.

As with most crime novels, the climax is when it all comes together and the truth is finally revealed. While Knives Out ends with a bang, Glass Onion takes it one step further with an explosive ending that will leave you speechless. Honestly, there’s no way you can predict the sequel’s finale, even if you’ve tried, because it’s so outrageous and completely out of left field.

Winner: Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

Overall Winner: Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

Glass onion characters
Image source: Netflix

Now that we’ve watched both films, Glass Onion proves that sequels can be just as good as the original. It’s not that its predecessor is necessarily worse; it’s more that the series gets better every time. Plain and simple: Knives Out went so Glass Onion could run.

Everything you liked about the first film is even better in Glass Onion. Those who enjoyed Benoit’s weirdness in Knives Out will no doubt love his upbeat demeanor in the second installment, especially the hilarious scene where he gets frustrated playing Among Us. Although his partner Marta does not appear in this story, Andi Brand (Janelle Monae) continues what she started and builds on it.

The modern take on Glass Onion also makes it feel more realistic with its technology theme and interpretation of the pandemic. In particular, only one scene shows each character’s personality where the audience can see them wearing masks. For example, Birdie Jay (Kate Hudson) wears a glamorous mask with holes, and Duke Cody (Dave Bautista) doesn’t even put one on. These clues are subtle but they allow us to get to know her without many words and it also feels familiar as we have all met someone like her whether we like it or not.

All in all, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery shows that crime fiction can thrive in modern times. Now that there is a variety of new devices and lifestyles, there are more elements that can be used for plot devices and surprises in these genres. We’ll have to see what happens in the future of this beloved franchise and what other twists can unfold in the possible third installment.

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