Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery: Movie Review

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery Movie Review: Back in Blanc

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Rian Johnson weaves another worthy whodunit tale in "Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery". It's a sequel that plays with outright face value. Of course, the tale itself is one that is still full of twists and turns but you'll be shocked that the simplest solution is actually the answer this time around. And while it may not have reached the heights of the "Knives Out" in terms of its entertainment value, "Glass Onion" and the character of Benoit Blanc are still one of the best ways to enjoy a full tilt mystery. 

Miles Bron (Edward Norton), one of the richest and powerful person in the world, invites his group of friends labeled as the "Disruptors" (Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., Kate Hudson, Dave Bautista) to his private island in Greece. The catch? He invites them to solve the mystery of his upcoming murder. He also invites the renowned detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) to spice things up and up the ante. Who and what are the reasons why someone would murder Miles and why the heck does he know about it already?

The "Knives Out" franchise delivers another winner with the quirky and highly-entertaining "Glass Onion". The film captures the same vibe, mystery, and humor that made its predecessor stand out. While we're not sure how the franchise can propel itself to another third film, this second salvo was still a satisfying one. At the center of this success was Benoit Blanc portrayed by Daniel Craig. His unique southern drawl and "naivety" portrayal was amusing and humorous at the same time. With an ensemble cast at his heels, it's no surprise then that another strong point for the film were the portrayals and characterizations of its primary suspects. The initial hour overstayed its welcome a bit but once the narrative was done with its initial setups, the mystery was a pleasurable mish-mash of revelations and bombshells. Although admittedly, with a huge cast, we also felt like some were simply out of place especially sidekicks such as Peg. The overall mystery does lose its steam as it felt a little bit manufactured and forced by the time everything was laid out. But the journey was a whole lot of fun and intrigue and while not perfect, "Glass Onion" is still one of the better murder-mystery films you could bet your time on. 

Rating: 4 reels

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