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
  • Soho24 - 13 January 2023
    Better watch Knives Out instead.
    This is a 2 hours long movie. The events of the first hour could have easily been wrapped up in 10 minutes. I wanted to turn it off numerous times, then again I like the first movie so much I decided to give it a chance.

    Got a bit interesting 60 minutes in, I wanted to see how the story would end. And oh my god, what a disappointment! Characters are all over the place, annoyingly silly and not likeable. Edward Norton is a joke. His huge talent is massively waisted in this one.

    Some parts where never really explained. So Miles is the killer. Why did he send to Andy the puzzle box inviting her to the island, if he had already killed her? And if he did it to make him look innocent, shouldn't there be some reaction when he saw "Andy" arriving at Glass Onion? No wondering at all why dead Andy wasn't dead after all? Did he think she survived and came to the island? So, just like that she visits him, having survived an attempted murder? No, just no!

    When Duke sees the news of Andy's death on his phone, how come he doesn't wonder who the hell Helen is?

    And what was this paranoid scene with the burnt napkin? Miles was discovered for having killed Andy, Duke AND having tried to kill Helen. And all he worries about is to destroy the napkin.

    No matter how powerful he was, was there absolutely no way to prove that he had killed two people? I didn't buy any of this. It was a terible story.

    But the biggest let down for me was the parody element. It was simply NOT GOOD. At least, I enjoyed Daniel Craig a little bit.

    Not remotely to be compared with the atmospheric Knives Out, where the cast gave hilarious perfomances.
  • gerarddignan - 13 January 2023
    Corona Virus
    I enjoyed the film, just for what it is. An piece of entertainment that doesn't make me think too hard, made me smile a few times and I like Kate Hudson. I can understand some of the criticisms but lighten up. It's a film.

    What I'm surprised at is that from the reviews I've read, I haven't come across anyone who had an explanation for the random stranger wandering the island. It was my daughter who came up with the answer. He was Corona Virus. He always had a bottle of Corona in his hand when he walked past and said just to ignore him. They were supposedly free of Covid with the 'spray' but it was still around, in the background, and not going away. I think it was a play on the Trump's 'bleach' cure and to carry on and ignore the virus.
  • Laura_Ratings - 13 January 2023
    fun movie
    The movie was okay, it's a fun watch and it was interesting to see new characters. In my opion it was not as good as the first movie, with a twist about the bad guy that wasn't really as unexpected as with the first movie. There was one twist though that i didn't see coming which made it very interesting.

    Daniel's fake accent is still terrible, so that hasn't changed.

    Janele monet was great and i loved her performance. The other actors are fun but in this movie the characters were annoying to the point it was hard to watch.

    Maybe the plot at the end was a way of standing up against power, but to me it was just another example of how shallow the characters are and will just go with the person who can save their reputation.
  • nakrugt - 13 January 2023
    37 minutes of flashback! Genius (!) story-telling...
    37 minutes of flashback! Genius (!) story-telling... That is where I should begin. The story is convoluted, so nonsensical and so idiotic that the director of the Last Jedi had to explain everything in a thirty-seven-minute flashback. Otherwise, the whole plot would not make sense, and when it does make sense, it ends with the most idiotic, or Daniel Craig's character Benoit says in the movie, the dumbest way possible.

    The plot only moves through coincidences by the way. The murderer, for some reason, forgets his murder, and pretend everything is ok. I am not kidding.

    This is just another attempt by the director of the Last Jedi to subvert the audience's expectations.

    Don't, just don't.
  • tboneisgaming - 12 January 2023
    Room for improvement
    Glass Onion: a Knives Out Mystery was a disappointing sequel to the first film. Visually it was well shot but the way the film was edited didn't make sense. Without spoiling it a scene in the middle should have been placed near the start or not at all. There was far less mystery and intrigue with a lack of finesse to the Script. The performances from the ensemble cast were well done. It was a shame the material they had to work with.

    The premise of a real Murder occurring at a Murder Mystery weekend is a great idea. Unfortunately, it was poorly executed. I wanted the film to have the same level intrigue as the first one but it wasn't quite up to par. Plenty of potential but missed the mark. It needed more time to refine the writing and the script. Above average.
  • enochckchan - 12 January 2023
    Glass Onion is filled with different layers of mysteries, but the onion is a bit rotten itself
    I would say...I never expected too much from this movie. The poster seems to be even more ridiculous than the first one, but I do think it has a very suspense plot.

    At the very start of the movie, the whole story seems so simple. A billionaire invites his friends to a private island to attend a murder mystery game, and then someone dies, and then Blanc would need to solve the case within the island. I thought it was the same old detective story so... I thought it was really the ending was gonna be lame, since the death of Duke happens so late. I could also find a lot of bugs throughout the film. However, when it comes to the second part of the movie, I was impressed. The Knives Out sequel continues to surprise me with "a story behind a story". It matches with all the wonders previously, and I couldn't find any bugs in it. Although the murderer at the end was predictable and not really surprising, Knives Out was never about the mystery of the murderer, but the twist of the real truth.

    Unfortunately, the execution is...rather poor. There were a lot of unnecessary scenes when the second part comes, the part when we find out Blanc was helping Helen all along. They don't have to describe too much about what happened, and they don't have to repeat some of the parts either. The direction starts to become clumsy, and it would starts to get boring when you still drag on long after the truth is discovered. They could have added more twist to the second part. For the ending, it was... I don't even know what happened. They start to throw stuff, hit stuff, then Helen threw the...stone into the fire and the whole glass onion burns on fire...and the rest of the crew miraculously survived. The whole ending doesn't make any sense and it doesn't have any purpose. I was half asleep during that part already.

    In conclusion, the plot was well wrapped and the twist was well planned. But the execution of the second part of the was rather disappointing.
  • markleroy-16-750085 - 12 January 2023
    Painful to watch
    Knives Out, the original was an interesting and intriguing movie. This one seems to be a movie version of a Graphic Novel. Very painful to watch. I could not finish the movie. I tried twice. The first go I had a guest who quickly asked me to turn it off as she couldn't watch and quickly became annoyed. Ten minutes was too much. The 2nd go, I tried for another 15 minutes and I had to stop.

    The story line is goofy, the dialog is trite, most of the characters are annoying to watch and pitiful caricatures of the super rich and obnoxious influencers.

    One BIG issue I have with both movies is Daniel Craig's gawd-awful accent. Sheesh. Why??? I like is performance and character, the ONLY one I liked, but cannot stand the accent.

    Definite pass on this piece of trash.
  • dimitrijemilosevic - 12 January 2023
    I honestly don't know what to say about this movie. I feel like i had fun, but i also feel it's mediocre and bad on so many levels.

    First of all, Craig is a great actor, but his accent is just dumb. It's inconsistent, obviously forced and doesn't work. His actual performance is suffering because of his constant curving and twisting of his jaw. Johnson still, after second movie, doesn't justify its existence, and it just breaks immersion every single time Craig speaks.

    As a mystery, this movie doesn't work at all. First act is intriguing but too slow. Second act is exposition dump and conversation galore that screeches brakes on the movie that basically just started 1 hour + in. Third act is just plain stupid and probably the worst part of the movie. Fun elements and moments can be found in each of the three acts, but i don't know if that ultimately makes a good movie.

    Characters, all but one, are undeveloped caricatures. Most of these actors are underused. Some performances are bad. Some characters/actors don't even have a reason to be in the movie. Johnson constantly winking at the audience, making commentary about all ''trendy'' things and people, feels cheap. If he was born 10 years later, this guy would be a youtuber critic whose dream is to become a director. That's how his movies feel to me. Influenced by so many styles and things that he doesn't have a thing of his own. Directing-wise, he has some interesting ideas, but it's debatable how much they work. Writing-wise, his movies really aren't as smart as he thinks they are. This movie is full of plot holes, illogical decisions, and many other stuff that isn't well thought out.

    Not sure if it's the location, the tone, the colors, occasional comedy, or something else making this messy experience not boring, but just thinking about all the minor things that don't work really makes me question my actual enjoyment of the movie and why i didn't completely hate it.
  • feyipuk - 12 January 2023
    Among us
    If I'd seen this in the cinema, I'd have probably missed quite a bit racking my brain for the easter eggs. Between the cameo appearances - I'm sure I recognise that off screen English accent in the scene we first see Benoit - deciding if the strange words Edward Norton uses are real/buzz words/some other underlying ruse, and trying to decipher some of the other obscure references, it was definitely useful to have a second screen handy to fill in some blanks (the first one can either be seen on IMDB or just wait till later in the film). And RIP to a couple of the cameos.

    The end credits include the Beatles song Glass Onion (and also includes Blackbird), which must have cost them a lot to get to the rights too.

    The acting talent on display is high, though the characters are not especially taxing for them. Bautista as an over confident, gun totting, bike riding, media influencer seems quite on the nose. As one of the co-founders of active wear Fabletics, you hope Kate Hudsons character isn't drawn too closely from herself. And with Kathryn Hahn set to reprise her role in the MCU as Agatha Harkness, here she lacks that devilish twinkle in her eye.

    Ed Norton shows suitably hippy behaviour for an extravagant billionaire, though with his short hair cut and dress, there were times I was double taking if it was Tom Cruise up there. And Daniel Craig shows suitably campy brilliance as the highly observant detective in his loud clothing and impeccably tied scarves, though it is Janelle Monáe who possibly has the most changes in character, culminating in rather impressive composure involving a bottle of Jeremy Renners special sauce.

    The setting is grand and cleverly contrived to fit the story, reminiscent of detective stories of old, with the Greek blue skies and seas amplifying the nature of the group. There are some flashy props that might get more screen time in a film with less star appeal, and ultimately could be seen too make the plot too contrived.

    Not as good as the first film, but entertaining enough to enjoy to the big reveal.
  • 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.
  • sophiac_23 - 12 January 2023
    This was so poorly written and poorly acted that I am shocked it was even made, let alone rated favourably. It feels like it was written by a person who has never experienced normal human interaction: someone who was shunned by everyone at school for being an obnoxious, emotionally-stunted bad vibe. However, it seems that in Hollywood, even the person voted "least entertaining" in high school can have their script greenlit to entertain the masses."

    Literally ANYTHING ELSE on Netflix is more watchable than this. The only thing positive about this movie is that it looks visually polished and colourful.
  • stevenmature - 12 January 2023
    One of the worst movies. Wasted cast
    Believe it or not, I actually created an account just because of this movie. I thought the original Knives Out was pretty interesting and had good plot twists. This was a complete mess. I happen to think Edward Norton is an amazing actor, as is Daniel Craig in his own way. Norton's acting was very bad here and the entre movie was actually silly and never delivered. I remember saying to myself this might be the stupidest movie I have ever seen. It is nothing like Knives Out, a complete waste of talented actors, and simply bad. Do not see this unless you just love the actors for their career accomplishments. Sorry for the bad review.
  • simonderekpearce - 12 January 2023
    Perfect for stupid people
    The film is perfect for those people that lack intelligence and is extremely superficial. If I turn my brain off I can enjoy the film, but with my brain switched on I found I just questioned it endlessly. There are so many points the film falls over namely the Benoit and Andi being welcomed at the island when Miles knows he killed Andi and that he never invited Benoit. It loosely moves forward based on a puzzle box being reset and sent to Benoit, but he must have known the only person that would have done that was Andi given he held no power over her and had killed her. He must have also know she had a twin given how close he was to Andi and the technological power he possesses... So the film can only progress with Miles knowing that one guest is clearly not who they say they are and the other is the greatest detective alive... Then you have to factor in the only shred of evidence a napkin was not destroyed by Miles and was kept in the glass onion... Why? Then the other guests all sell Miles out even though they destroy themselves in the process. It's just stupid and pure Rian Johnson!!.
  • brandbility - 12 January 2023
    Complete waste of my time
    There were so many times it felt like something exciting was going to happen and nothing did The movie was so slow paced till the middle before you can gather what's really happening. The middle was interesting when things started unraveling and making sense, towards the end the breaking of glass to get them to be against him was very childish. Never have i seen a more stupid movie than this.

    Infact at the end of the day i don't know what i learnt from this movie, i heard there is a first maybe i would watch that one. But honestly i really wanted to like this movie, but it just wasn't giving the mystery vibe.