“Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery” Entertains While Giving Viewers A Run For Their Money


Addison Smith, Writer

“Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery,” the sequel to Rian Johnson’s 2019 murder mystery movie Knives Out was released on Nov. 23.

The film takes place during the pandemic and follows Benoit Blanc, (Daniel Craig) the renowned detective from the first film that solved the murder of a family patriarch. 

Tech billionaire Miles Bron (Ed Norton) invites seven of his close friends to his private island to solve his “murder” in the form of a murder mystery party. 

The guests, Birdie Jay (Kate Hudson), Lionel Toussaint (Leslie Odom Jr), Duke Cody (Dave Bautista), Whiskey (Madeline Cline), Claire Debella (Kathryn Hahn), Peg (Jessica Yu Li) and Cassandra Brand (Janelle Monae) all have perks from being friends with Miles, and they will do anything to keep them.

However, once everyone arrives, a real murder takes place, and Blanc is on the case.

Glass Onion is a suspenseful movie that takes viewers on every twist and turn imaginable and unimaginable. 

It maintains the mystery theme while also including several funny moments and giving viewers something to laugh out loud about. 

I had high expectations for this film following the original, and Glass Onion surpassed those expectations. 

Each character was portrayed perfectly by the famous cast members, and each character was unique in their own way, bringing a complex set of backstories. 

Every time I had a theory about the mystery, it would take me on a new twist I never thought of, and constantly kept me on my feet with complex scripting and surprise reveals. As far as a murder mystery goes, it hits all the important notes a classic mystery film needs.

I thought that the surprise reveals were truly surprising, not just the classic reveals that you see in every movie. Each twist was unique and it kept me interested throughout the entire film. I was constantly wondering the answers to the big questions. 

I love how the film continued to follow Blanc, but also put a twist on this sequel we didn’t see in the original. On paper, it seems similar to the murder and a range of suspects, but this film presents a whole new scene and plot.

The film earned a 93% on the Tomatometer and a 92% audience rating on Rotten Tomatoes and is the first Netflix movie to play at AMC, Regal, and Cinemark.

Even though the film was only in theaters for a week, reports have pegged the box office earnings between 12-15 million over the five-day holiday period. 

Glass Onion will release on Netflix Dec. 23, and is a must-watch for fans of mystery and suspense.