“This shit don’t happen in Cluedo“, says one of Glass Onion, tick off suspects, motives and locations on a grid that looks exactly like the one you get in the board game. “It’s because it’s a terrible game,” drags Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig), super detective. If you want a better way to spend Christmas afternoon with the family, how about Rian Johnson’s immaculate thriller – a nifty celebrity pick box full of secrets that will be even more fun to watch a second and a third time.
Pretty much exactly what you’d expect from 2019’s multi-million dollar sequel Knives out be, Glass Onion is a bigger, flashier, funnier, twistier, smarter riff on everything that worked well the first time around. It may not have the old-world class of the original, and now it’s coming with full Netflix fanfare instead of sneaking in like a hidden gem, but it’s nearly impossible to watch without having the impression of receiving something special.
As with the Agatha Christie novels he constantly winks at, you don’t need to have seen the first one to know what’s going on. It’s a standalone story, with only Blanc returning as the world’s smartest detective (with Craig’s weird “Foghorn Leghorn” accent). This time, the murder moves from an English mansion to a private Greek island as Edward Norton’s tech billionaire Miles Bron (think Elon Musk meets Richard Branson) decides to host the mother of all mystery parties. murder. And that’s about as much of the plot as you’ll want to spoil before you get in.
Bron’s ex-partner (Janelle Monáe), super scientist (Leslie Odom Jr.), Twitch information warfare star (Dave Bautista), aspiring senator (Kathryn Hahn) and ex- supermodel (Kate Hudson). And that’s not even counting the A-list cameos (including final on-screen performances from Stephen Sondheim and Angela Lansbury). The set may be crowded, but it never seems lopsided – with Craig (still in top form) only really overshadowed by Monáe.
Perhaps the best way to absorb Glass Onion is to pause every 20 minutes so everyone can try to guess who the culprit is. Even without this streaming luxury, the film weaves and weaves around the plot in captivating fashion. Either way, there’s room for sharp satire, too (including speech that roasts Johnson’s own disruption of the Star Wars saga).
Everything awful this year Death on the Nile was not, Glass Onion celebrates the murder mystery with style and boldness by creating Hollywood’s most expensive board game. That’s what winter afternoons were for.
- Director: Rian Johnson
- With : Daniel Craig, Edward Norton, Janelle Monae
- Release date: November 23 (at the cinema), December 23 (Netflix)
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