‘Glass Onion’ review: The sequel to Knives Out through an intriguing mystery

Rian Johnson’s delicious 2019 Take out the knives It wasn’t the last memorable movie before COVID-19 changed everything. But it might have been the last time we ever had fun.

A modern look at the mysteries of Agatha Christie, Take out the knives It has all the makings of an instant classic. Bolstered by a warm fall aesthetic that inspired deep Pinterest envy — especially Chris Evans, whose miserable fisherman sweater became a staple of menswear — the film delivered a full-calorie meal from an A-list cast, spirited writing, and likable filmmaking by a director clearly smitten with Christie’s work. . And its satire of a family of vultures pecking at a fat inheritance made the Thanksgiving editing window a particularly witty hit.

Glass Onion: Takes the mystery out of the cutlery, in theaters November 23 and Netflix December 23, is an electric standalone sequel from writer/director Rian Johnson with nearly all the same bugs and features as its predecessor, albeit with a new flavor. Gone are the auburn colors and smells of coffee in the rain for a New England fall, in the blue skies and sunny solids of a Greek island vacation. Also gone is the dysfunctional family stuck on the financial nipple of a wealthy patriarch. Instead, there are deranged friends caught up in the imbalanced power balances of a sociopathic tech billionaire, played by Edward Norton.

While basically a Take out the knivesAnd the glass onion – a title that hints at the faux complexities one can still ‘see through’ – keeps itself on its feet thanks to riotous performances, slick production design (beautifully captured by Johnson collaborator Steve Yedlin), its soon-to-be-memorable textures and trappings, and its mystery Captivating full of exciting drama. It’s elegant and playful enough to trump its weakest elements, a circular plot that’s almost astounding. However, there is still an undeniable joy in being a witness to shallow, silly creatures caught up in a Mexican showdown of finger-pointing and insults.

Set in the early days of the pandemic in the year 2020, glass onionThe rich giant is Miles Bron (Norton), an eccentric Elon Musk-like character who lives on his private Mediterranean island. In an effort to spice up the quarantine, Miles invites his inner circle to a murder mystery over the weekend. Guests include a staff scientist (Leslie Odom Jr.); his former business partner (Janelle Monáe); the governor of Connecticut (Katherine Hahn); a model-turned-designer (Kate Hudson) and her bewildering assistant (Jessica Henwick); and alpha fitness influencer (Dave Bautista) and his girlfriend (Madeline Klein). But the invitation somehow ends up in the hands of Benoit Blanc, a famous noble detective.

Once again, an all-star cast gets involved in a fugitive murder mystery.Netflix

reprise his role from Take out the knivesDaniel Craig is back as the absorbing Benoit, once again sporting his relentlessly fun Louisiana attire and enviable wardrobe. Avoid the easy puzzle that made Benoit feel like Bond’s American cousin, Benoit V glass onion He has such a goofy, silly demeanor, I’m glad to be here with him. glass onion is the perfect blank canvas for Craig, the venerable actor who secretly dabbles in playing a clown. from his appearance in SNL to a recent vodka advertisement, glass onion He finally makes room for Craig to let his crew have a haircut. But that surface texture only betrays his blunt competence as a detective, which hasn’t waned since Take out the knives.

Rian Johnson hasn’t languished as a director either, even if his bolder choices don’t seem quite as sharp as they did in the past. Johnson again plays with a biased viewpoint and viewpoints as he did in Take out the knives. The director expands his story in an extreme fashion with glass onion, Complexity layers cluster at the expense of cohesion. It’s not that glass onion It’s hard to follow in and of itself, but keeping up can be a distracting puzzle. Take out the knives It remains an interesting watch because there is just enough to enjoy without the experience feeling like homework. for whatever reason, glass onion Driven by greater ambitions and sometimes exhausting. It’s only when Johnson finally hits the gas in the second term that he does glass onion Finding no real forward momentum.

While all of the A-list cast members deliver enough competence, it was Daniel Craig who really lit the flames. glass onion.Netflix

The continued expansion of Benoit Blanc is certainly exciting. Hard-wired, deadpan, our modern generation finally has Hercule Poirot: an eccentric, super-skilled detective who can drop into any story and set and still uncover a universal truth. across both Take out the knives And the glass onionBenoit immersed himself in cases where greed violently severs personal bonds. Those involved in these events come across as shallow buffoons, unaware of the fact that only the bonds we make enhance a life worth living.

It’s great, if woefully hollow, how glass onion It plunges into the still-fresh Covid gloom, a time for a massive reassessment of priorities. glass onion Ironically, he doesn’t interrogate the perpetual fortune-hunting with idiosyncrasy of 2020’s zeitgeist too much in his script (which again speaks to Johnson’s nonconformist antics this time around). But when we’re back inside the orbit of the mighty star Benoit Blanc, whom we first met before the world got surprisingly scary, we’re reminded only of how far we’ve come, and how little we’ve changed.

Glass Onion: Takes the mystery out of the cutlery It will hit theaters November 23rd and Netflix December 23rd.

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