Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery movie review – Rian Johnson’s gripping sequel is a comedy and twists

Take off your Aran knits and grab your suitcase as we trade tree-lined New England for a sunny Greek island in Glass Onion, the highly anticipated sequel to Knives Out 2019.

Luckily, it’s just as exciting, powerful, and curvaceous as its predecessor. Like its main vegetable, the film’s plot has many layers and many revelations to unravel.

Writer-director Rian Johnson’s mystery puzzle begins when five friends are sent a mysterious puzzle box. Once the code is decoded, the box reveals an invitation to a private island for the weekend to make drinks, create memories, and a murder mystery. Server? Barefoot billionaire Miles Bron (Edward Norton).

He brings together his “closest inner circle” that includes politician Claire (Kathryn Hahn), strong male rights content creator Duke (Dave Bautista), tech expert Lionel (Leslie Odom) Jnr), the outspoken and ‘cancelled’ Birdie (Kate Hudson) and the brilliantly cold Andi (Janelle Monae).

But when an invitation falls into the hands of Southern detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig), the real fun begins. Inner circle and Detective Blanc, along with Birdie’s assistant and Duke’s girlfriend, set off to Miles’ island, which lies in the shadow of a large glass onion.

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Edward Norton and Daniel Craig in Glass Onion. Image courtesy of Netflix.

The gang was first formed when Miles and Andy teamed up on a business venture, Alpha, although Andy was later ruthlessly opposed by “Social Networks” and Miles, who ran away with the company. , bring their money-hungry friends. The first mystery is why Andy was invited in the first place.

Like in the first movie, each character is an excellent caricature of someone we all know and love and hate. Thanks to their dominant personalities, each actor has room to have fun with their role. If at first Monae feels underused, move on, as she will soon take center stage.

Craig did it again twice as the scene-stealing detective, delivering a comedic performance in a completely likable character. Trying to keep up with his stream of demands is like trying to stay hydrated, and it’s best to just sit back and let the pro do the work.

For anyone looking to get away from reality and indulge in a lavish holiday in Greece, be warned – there’s a Covid reality for Blanc and his holiday companions. The opening scene, set in May 2020, brings in the masks and Zoom in on the plot. When we’re reintroduced to ingenious detective Blanc, he’s playing the frenzied computer lock game, Between Us, in the bathtub.

There’s even a boisterous loft party on Birdie’s orders – but as she tells her friends, all the guests are in her group, “so that’s okay.” Thankfully, the pandemic (aka “pando” as it was later referred to) didn’t dampen the atmosphere, instead injecting a little reality check into a wonderfully quirky world.

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Kate Hudson, Leslie Odom Jnr. and Kathryn Hahn in Glass Onion, courtesy of Netflix

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Miles’ Island is so full of jewels and wealth-affirming paraphernalia that audiences should try to be as observant as possible. Like the game Cluedo, anything can be a weapon. Ultimately, the extravagance of the setting is best represented on the big screen when the film hits theaters, but it will also brighten up a dreary winter evening when it’s streamed online.

At quite a bit over two hours, there are stretches and you can sometimes wonder when the story really begins. But when it does, it does so with an abundance of indulgence. And when the mystery is unraveled, you will be more immersed in the story than you are aware of as time is passing.

Final, Glass onion: The mystery of cutlery raises interesting questions about corruption, fame, money and consequences, with lots of laughs to be had along the way. The stakes are humorously high, but the rewards will please you, so pause your skepticism, put on your best tie and enjoy the ride.

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery is available in select theaters for just one week from November 23, and on Netflix on December 23.

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