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Review: Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (2022)

I’m going to need a dozen more of these movies AND a miniseries thank you very much.

There is no movie that I have been more eagerly excited for than Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (2022). It’s been my most anticipated movie of 2022 because of how much I enjoyed the last murder-mystery written and directed by Rian Johnson, Knives Out (2019). By the way, check out my review for that movie, here. I absolutely loved every single thing about Knives Out and was ecstatic when it was announced Johnson was making another movie in the same universe, just not necessarily a sequel. The idea to feature an entirely new cast in an entirely new setting but retain Daniel Craig’s Detective Benoit Blanc is brilliant! To ensure a more enjoyable movie-going experience I made sure not to spoil anything for myself by doing too much research into the the plot or characters of Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery. All I really knew going in was that it had about the same runtime as Knives Out and that from what I’d heard from fans and critics, the movie was just as excellent if not better than its predecessor. I’m glad I went in knowing nothing because this movie is one hell of an exhilarating mystery from start to finish, one that grows only more deliciously satisfying with each hilarious twist and genius turn. Go ahead and give Johnson the Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay NOW!

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Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery follows famed detective Benoit Blanc as he travels to Greece for his latest case. After receiving a mysterious invitation to join an eccentric group of close-knit friends on an island vacation, Benoit soon finds himself entangled in another mystery when one of the guests is murdered and everyone has both the motive and opportunity to pull off the crime.

Honestly I only have one gripe when it comes to Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery and that’s that it takes place in 2020. You know, during the height of the worldwide awfulness that made that year one that will go down in infamy. I completely understand that they had to work in certain protocols and restrictions to even get the movie made during the time it was filmed, but oh wow some of the things the characters do and the conversations they have brought me straight back to a place and time where I was not thriving. Thankfully this is only for a brief period of time at the movie’s start and it’s mined for countless hilarious jokes that successfully defuse any unpleasantnesses that may be brought up. 

That minuscule throwaway detail that affected me personally is the only blemish on this otherwise flawless movie! Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery lives up to the impossibly high bar set by the first of Johnson’s whodunnits, proving itself to be a quasi-sequel that’s a stunning second entry in a movie series I sincerely hope is around for years to come. I loved this movie! I may be slightly more biased towards Knives Out because its vibe is an old-fashioned mystery when it comes to production and characters whereas this movie is a more modern one. But I adored Johnson switching things up! It would have been so easy for him to do the same thing and  have it be wonderful, but this movie is so different yet so comfortably in the tone and world of Knives Out that I ate it up with a spoon. 

Stylistically, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery is not at all the same movie as Knives Out so brace yourself. This time around the sprawling manor house is replaced with a lavish island mansion and you know what? I loved it! As I said, Johnson could have easily done the exact same thing as the first movie but his decision to switch things up visually is a welcome one. The vibe may be different visually but rest assured that the tone, humour and gripping mystique are all completely in line with what Johnson established with the first movie. If you were someone who came out of Knives Out going, “yes bitch, THAT is exactly the type of movie I’m here for!” than don’t worry. You are going to fall in love with Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery.

Dripping with intrigue and mystery, fans of the murder-mystery genre won’t be able to resist. Exceedingly clever, Johnson takes you on one hell of a whirlwind mystery. There are so many twists, turns and thrilling reveals, all of which are deliciously gratifying. Trust me, by the end of the movie you will be gobsmacked by how all of the facts and clues were under your nose the entire time. This intricately woven web of a story commands attention and I could not pull myself away. I was so engrossed every step of the way. Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery is fantastic. Johnson has made a name for himself and I sincerely hope he enjoys making these movies as much as I enjoy watching them because I want one of these exceptional movies every couple of years. Especially if they provide us with such enlightening lines as, “it’s a dangerous thing to confuse speaking without thought with speaking the truth.” PUT THIS ON A PILLOW AND GIVE IT TO EVERYONE!

Just like Knives Out, Johnson assembles an all-star cast that is full of phenomenally funny and talented actors that are always a joy to watch. I mean, who wouldn’t want to be cast in a comedic murder-mystery, especially one that takes place in the enjoyably eccentric world that Johnson so fantastically crafts? The new cast members, which includes everyone from Edward Norton to KATHRYN FUCKING HAHN are all fabulously funny and seamlessly take a welcome step into the Knives Out world. Fuck Marvel casting, mark my words that the new hot casting news in Hollywood for years to come will be who gets cast in the next Knives Out mystery. I specifically have to shoutout Janelle Monáe who delivers an amazing, layered performance and Kate Hudson who plays the most brilliantly clueless ditz I’ve seen in a while. Returning as Benoit Blanc, Craig is an endearing joy to watch. Every second that he’s on screen is a treasure and you can tell how much fun Craig has in this fantastic showcase of his talent.  I want as many movies with Benoit Blanc as possible. 

I cannot recommend Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery enough. This movie delivers on all fronts and is a thoroughly gratifying thrill ride that is sure to shock, amaze and delight from the compelling beginning to the explosive finale. The movie is coming to Netflix on December 23rd but it’s currently playing in theatres until November 29th and I strongly encourage you to go see it on the big screen. Trust me, if you’re at all a fan of this kind of movie, you won’t be disappointed. When it comes to what to spend your money on at the movie theatre, there’s no mystery here!

Will you see Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery?

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