Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (2022)

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (2022)

2022 PG-13 139 Minutes

Mystery | Crime | Comedy

Intrepid detective Benoit Blanc finds himself at a lavish private estate on a Greek island, but how and why he comes to be there is only the first of many puzzles. Blanc soon meets a distinctly dis...

Overall Rating

8 / 10
Verdict: Good

User Review

  • WHAT I LIKED: With a young immigrant nurse falling victim to the blame of a rich family, the original 'Knives Out,' had a bit of social commentary behind its great whodunit story. But Rian Johnson's sequel 'Glass Onion,' turns up the dials to become more of a social satire than the murder mystery it's billed as.

    The story follows a bunch of abhorrent rich people to a billionaire (Edward Norton)'s island-murder-mystery-retreat, and watches them crumble as a real murder eventually takes place. The ridiculous Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) untangles the web to reveal that all of them have been manipulated by him in some way, and - but for a few twists and turns - they come to realise that he's actually not remotely smart or powerful after all. The parallels to imbeciles like Elon Musk have already been made, but the story itself also brilliantly becomes a bit of a microcosm for how rich people can create facades when really they're hollow and rely exclusively on the intelligence of others. Rather like a glass onion, if you will, and the fact the characters are all so over-acted and humorously played makes it almost entirely satirical and not in the least bit self-serious.

    WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: There's not much more to the film than that thematic point, as it very deliberately lacks much genuine mystery or intelligence, and most of the characters are hideously annoying.

    VERDICT: Rian Johnson's 'Glass Onion,' ducks out of being a great, engaging murder mystery, and instead winds up an amusing, if sometimes irritating, social satire.