Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

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 disparate group of friends gathering at the invitation of billionaire Miles Bron for their yearly reunion. As in all the best murder mysteries, each person harbors their own secrets, lies and motivations. And when someone turns up dead, everyone is a suspect.

  • Released:
  • Runtime: 139 minutes
  • Genre: Comedy, Drama, Mystery
  • Stars: Daniel Craig, Edward Norton, Dave Bautista, Janelle Monáe, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., Madelyn Cline, Jessica Henwick, Awsten Knight, Angela Lansbury, Stephen Sondheim, Noah Segan, Natasha Lyonne, Yuri Togkces, Yo-Yo Ma, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jackie Hoffman, Dallas Roberts, Serena Williams, Jacek Czajka
  • Director: Rian Johnson
  • pambosk-03254 - 6 May 2024
    A poor man's Agatha Christie
    Tech billionaire Miles Bron invites his friends for a getaway on his private Greek island. When someone turns up dead, Detective Benoit Blanc is put on the case.

    There are so many holes in this film that it makes me wonder if the director is taking the mickey.

    1. Everyone arrives at this Greek island during covid. I had relatives living in Greece at the time and it was virtually impossible to get in. So how even an American Senator was able to get in is beyond me.

    2. Ethan Hawke ( the assistant of Milies gives everyone a injection so they do not have to wear the mask ). He leaves, the guests are all starting to board the boat when they see a taxi drive up and Andi/ Helen is seen. She was not given an injection, and no one mentioned that.

    3. At the beginning of the film , everyone receives a box, including Andi? Why would Miles send her a box when he had already killed her?, Miles also asked Blanc how he could have received a box when he had not invited him, and MIles was not suspicious. It does not make sense.

    4. The whole onion blows up and NO ONE is injured.

    The two stars are for. Janelle Monáe.

    Avoid this film like the covd.
  • jhallmarked41 - 27 February 2024
    Make More
    In what is easily his best recurring film role since a certain 00 agent, Daniel Craig plays into Benoit Blanc's character with such ease that you can tell he's enjoying every moment he is on screen. This time, Johnson has given Blanc more back story to flesh out his character, likely as a means to separate any comparisons to Hercule Poirot. Through Craig's performance, we learn about Blanc's personality quirks like his opinions on mystery solving games and why he likes what he does as a career. Because of this, Blanc feels less like an enigmatic figure who appeared seemingly out of nowhere in the previous film and more like an actual person who has worked hard to build himself up a reputation as one of the world's greatest detectives.

    All of the supporting cast members were used well too, with none of them going to waste. It's hard for me to discuss them in great detail without giving away spoilers so I will instead mention one brief thing about each their characters that I liked most. Edward Norton is fun to watch as Miles Bron, who is essentially a caricature of all those tech-savvy billionaires like Elon Musk and Bill Gates. Leslie Odom Jr. Is a great straight man as Lionel, especially with some of the crazy things happening around him. Kathryn Hahn is quite convincing playing Claire, the governor of Connecticut whose reputation is on the line visiting Bron. Kate Hudson is appropriately brash and unapologetic as Birdie, a former supermodel who often types before she thinks. Dave Bautista has some funny moments as Duke, a Twitch streamer whose tough guy image is challenged by all the events taking place. And rounding off this cast is Janelle Monáe as Andi, Bron's former business associate whose decision to accept his invitation puts her at conflicting odds with the rest of the group.

    Even if you aren't a big fan of whodunits, "Glass Onion", like its predecessor, functions just fine on its own as a solid, entertaining romp thanks to its interesting supporting cast and amusing script. It seems like Rian Johnson has gone to great lengths to craft both this film and the one before it in such a way that you don't even need to be fully versed in mystery solving to have a good time, though it does help. According to some research, a third film is currently in development with Daniel Craig reprising his role as Benoit Blanc and Johnson again writing and directing. With a winning combination like that, I can definitely see the potential in this becoming a popular mystery film franchise.
  • craigbenting - 7 January 2024
    Lots of Laughs, Deadpan Ending
    My wife and I got a ton of serious laughs out of this movie. It really is like an onion, with lots of layers peeled away as the laughs fly by. The layers are the jokes, whether they're displayed or spoken.

    You realize as the movie goes on that it's a satire of modern social interactions as they're warped by social media and the effects on people. Through the laughs at semi-realistic, satirical displays of the people involved, you realize you know people like them or at least know of people.

    By the time the end rolls around, it seems to be a typical mystery movie conclusion, like any Agatha Christie movie. The layers of laughs are mostly gone, and what remains is the ugly truth.

    Human beings screw each other over. We expect an intricate, brilliant conclusion with a cunning villain, possibly with surprise twists we never saw coming, but what we get is dumb and brutally honest in its reality. And the biggest, ugliest surprise at the core of the Glass Onion is that we all know someone like the person who is the centerpiece of the conclusion, someone with a lot of appealing layers over a very ugly core.

    Sure, it's disappointing, but we all get a very clear reflection of our modern society, complete with people we all know. What does that say about us? The answer is probably in the reactions you see in the reviews here.
  • xxxxxdarkmoon - 12 January 2023
    I don't get it
    I really don't get the negative reviews. I tell you what: I haven't watched the 1st part yet. No, I did not watch it yet. I am without any pre-occupied expectations. In my honest opinion: Glass Onion is one fantastic movie. It is an incredible story, without a single boring scene. Great screenplay and images. The cast is perfect. Ed Norton is perfect. Daniel Craig made me ROFL, my stomach still hurts. ---> He slaps Ed Norton in the face and asks him: "What happens at 10 o'clock ?" That scene made me fall off my chair. I could watch it in a loop for hours and couldn't stop laughing. This is 140 minutes entertainment on a high level.
  • elijahgcasey - 11 January 2023
    Much better than the first one. My favourite was Daniel Craig with his Kentucky Fried, Foghorn Leghorn drawl. Good performances from Janelle Monae, Edward Norton, Leslie Odom Jr., Kathryn Hahn, Jessica Henwick, Kate Hudson and a short performance from Dave Bautista (who is quickly killed). Only problem was Madelyn Cline who was trash. Odd cameos from Ethan Hawke, Natasha Lyonne, Hugh Grant, Steven Sondheim and Angela Landsbury. Good plot twist with Miles and Helen. Who would have thought that after Star Wars, Rian Johnson would come out with this masterpiece? He and Craig should carry on, no question.
  • madanmarwah - 9 January 2023
    A disappointing, tedious movie to watch
    This movie is definitely overhyped and overrated. It is a satire, a spoof which is full of ridiculous scenes and antics of the characters. Much was expected from this sequel but it is a huge disappointment. It has made it to the best picture nomination at the Golden globe awards and the next week results will decide it's fate. Good luck to the producers. If it wins, one can surmise that this type of cinema too has its admirers among press/ critics. Billionaire Miles Bron ( Edward Norton in a villainous role ) invites five of his friends for a weekend. Holiday at his private island and this includes a game of a murder mystery. He is filthy rich of the " dog ate the caviar" type. The greatest detective Benoit Blanc ( Daniel Craig) is also at hand to carry out an investigation.

    There are a number of glass statues, and there is a huge onion shaped glass structure at the top of the palatial home. ( Maybe representing the many layers being unraveled as the investigation progresses). Placed somewhere at the top is a swanky car . When asked why is it positioned there, Miles replies "because there are no roads on the island". There are intrigues and plottings galore, somebody gets shot, someone is poisoned, there is a body to be disposed off, some suspects, the usual blame games, the alibi to be considered, a few back stories etc all standardised and mandatory components of a murder mystery No problem there but the style of the narrative bordering on slapstick and cringe inducing theatrics make it a difficult watch. (It is worth noting that along with a big budget and top stars comes the responsibility of delivering a good movie). Maybe good old conventional handling of this murder mystery plot by director Rian Johnson would have produced better results. All actors have resorted to overacting and one wonders why. The sarcasm also was quite irritating most of the time. Why was Daniel Craig made to talk in the artificial accent ? Kate Hudson has done well and her smile reminds one of her mother Goldie Hawn. In the end comes an ear shattering climax ( pun intended). There is a "blink and you miss it appearance" of Hugh Grant if it gives you any consolation.
  • bfhdjgyx - 8 January 2023
    Unfortunate pastiche
    This tried way too hard. It felt it was trying to be 'Clue' or 'Murder by death' but not even half as well written or acted. I get it was an Agatha Christie pastiche but it was way too on the nose. So many parts were direct takes of cards on the table, the blue train, evil under the sun and a couple of others. The acting tried too hard to be funny whereas the lines didn't meet the acting. Some good actors absolutely wasted and Dave Bautista really was as bad as bland as they come, trying way too hard and chewing lines. I quite enjoyed the first one but just like Brannagh's second attempt at a Christie this second attempt crosses too far in to trying to be quick comedy and away from what made the first successful (dark comedy). It wasn't terrible but 3-5/10 max.
  • galanosle - 8 January 2023
    The predecessor of this was better
    A Knives Out story Glass Onion was a very different expirience from the first film of Rian Johnson.

    Still an amazing detective story that Detective Blanc got mysteriously attracted to. This time based in Greece, on a private island in Aigeo.

    The actors playing this characters were way more famous. The cast of the last film had very few familiar faces,( talking about my experience ) and I feel like that grew expectations for this film for me.

    My favourite character in this film was Detective Blanc, that didn't change from the last movie.

    The music was a lot better than last time. I do believe some of the song were great, and perfectly chosen for the scene they played in.

    The camera work was magnificent, and the little cgi they used for this film wasn't half bad.

    I liked the reveal at the and, of course no spoilers, but I personally didn't guess the murder.

    I would definitely rewatch this film. It was very entertaining.
  • Blagor1990 - 7 January 2023
    The Island of Deception: Billionaire's Gambit
    "Glass Onion" is a thrilling murder mystery that keeps audiences guessing until the very end. Set on a private Greek island and told in real time, the movie allows viewers to observe the suspects and the delusions of the eccentric tech billionaire Miles Bron, played by Edward Norton. The plot is a sequel to "Knives Out" and is written and directed by Rian Johnson, who uses the movie to explore themes of privilege, mystique, and the blurred truth that can come with wealth.

    In addition to the captivating plot, the movie also boasts strong performances from its cast, including Janelle Monáe as Miles' former business partner and social outcast, Andi Brand. "Glass Onion" is a must-see for fans of the murder mystery genre, but it also offers something more with its social commentary on class and wealth in the US. Overall, this movie is a must-see and is now available on Netflix.
  • martinchambers - 7 January 2023
    Great Fun
    This is pure and simple great fun. Ignore all the bad reviews - these are from those who dearly wanted a repeat of the original. It is not a sequel and it is not meant to be and those who are confused about this are mislead by the 'knives out' inclusion in title. It is immensely colourful in terms of the set- which is worthy of a James Bond finale scene, the staging, the cast and the script which is fast, punchy and arresting. If I have an issue it is that it is a little slow to start but once the action kicks off fully it doesn't stop. The final scene is as good as any I have seen, visually exciting and extravagant.