‘Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery’ | A delicious murder mystery spiced up with a star hour

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People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones’ is one of the many thought-provoking metaphors that Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, currently streaming on Netflix, reminds you of. Add to that equation a cast that can deliver stellar performances without a hitch, a well-written mystery that feels like you’re enjoying an Arthur Conan Doyle novel, comedy that’s unique to this franchise, and the brilliant Daniel Craig as the cherry on top, and you’ve got a sure-fire product that’s sure to win. .

After solving a case in what can be broadly called a dysfunctional family, Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) returns and this time joins a group of enemies in a mysterious murder game set on a private island owned by tech millionaire Miles Bron (Edward Norton). . When one of the guests dies, Bron is sure that he was the one the killer was targeting and Blanc must uncover the bottom of this mystery which, like the first film, is full of contrasting characters who might have their own reason to kill or actually save Bron.

Like the adventures of Hercule Poirot, Blanco’s cases in the two films are not connected to each other, and just like previous films with characters based on Agatha Christie novels, the veteran’s writing style is evident in director Rian Johnson’s detective films. But what sets Johnson’s works apart is how he infuses them with impeccable humor while reflecting how absurd some trends are in real life. For example, Bron is an obvious Elon Musk rip-off, while Blanc plays Among Us in the opening scene with some teammates who also make surprise cameos.

When the other characters land at the pick-up point for their island getaways — Lionel (Leslie Odom Jr.), the chief scientist at Miles’ company, wears his face mask properly, while Claire (Kathryn Hahn), the governor of Connecticut now running for Senate, wears it so her nose is sticking out. Former supermodel-turned-fashion designer Birdie (Kate Hudson) wears a mesh mask (yes, the one with holes), while streamer and men’s rights activist Duke (Dave Bautista) and his girlfriend Whiskey (Madelyn Cline) wear no masks at all. Creating such an eclectic bunch of characters seems to be Johnson’s forte, and when you throw them into a mystery that’s dying to be solved, the plot can only get more intriguing.

Compared to Knives Out, everything is bigger in Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery—from the star cast to the background in which the story takes place. But is it better than its predecessor? Although the answer is unfortunately no, and that’s because of how tightly connected the story of the first film is, Glass Onion, in itself, is still a story worthy of a place in the top ten films of the genre this year. While the first film thrived on the anticipation of its story being organically created, the sequel, despite its good story, is enhanced by stellar performances from its leads. Even if not all the actors get their place on the screen, Janelle Monáe, Kate Hudson and, of course, Daniel Craig shine brightly. What does come through is humor that could easily cross the line into sitcom land, but is neatly maneuvered to feel natural. And expect some exciting cameos!

Overall, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery is a sweet mystery that mostly works thanks to clever ideas that are bolstered by some strong performances. Although, much like the bulbous vegetable from which the sequel takes its name, it is empty inside, the layers make the film a fun watch.

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery
Cast: Daniel Craig, Edward Norton, Janelle Monáe, Kathryn Hahn, Kate Hudson, Dave Bautista
Director: Rian Johnson
Streaming platform: Netflix
Rating: 3.5/5

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