Genre: Drama, mystery, thriller
The clever, brilliant, and funny whodunnit film, Knives Out, sets the scene for the perfect murder mystery franchise.
Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, the sequel to 2019’s highly popular Knives Out, sees a new group of characters head to a luxurious getaway on a private island owned by tech billionaire Miles Bron (Edward Norton) to attend his murder mystery party.
Among the visitors are Claire (Kathryn Hahn), a governor with questionable morals, Lionel (Leslie Odom Jr), a scientist who works for Miles, social media streamer Duke (Dave Bautista), Birdie (Kate Hudson), a controversial fashion designer, and Cassandra (Janelle Monáe), Miles’ scorned ex-wife.
Detective Benoit is also one of the guests, however, his presence remains unexplained for much of the first half of the movie.
The film is packed with clever ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ details, amusing celebrity name-dropping, and subtle jabs at social media and celebrity culture.
Monáe and Craig stand out with their brilliant performances. Another interesting aspect is that the film seamlessly captures the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic in its storyline.
Each of the characters embodies the different views people had during the lockdown, including social distancing (Birdie hosts a party despite the lockdown regulations) and the wearing of masks.
The guests are also given an unexplained shot before they land on the island which allows them to roam freely without masks and engage in physical interaction.
The elaborate setting and fabulous fashion on display, as well as the stunning cinematography, add to the film’s allure.
While it is not necessary to have watched the first Knives Out as Glass Onion follows a new storyline, the first installment does introduce the viewer to detective Benoit’s brilliance.
Glass Onion is deliciously intriguing, funny and is definitely not to be missed on Netflix.