Glass Onion | Reelviews Movie Reviews

Glass Onion |  Reelviews Movie Reviews
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Having recently given up on one franchise (the James Bond one), Daniel Craig wasted no time jumping into another. Although Rian Johnson knives outwhich featured Craig as super-detective Benoit Blanc, hit theaters before no time to diethe one-off murder mystery didn’t become a series until after Craig was done with 007. glass onion (awkward full title: Crystal Onion: A Knives Out Mystery), made with money from Netflix, is the second chapter in what is now a proposed trilogy. If the third movie does well, there may be more coming soon. Overall, Craig seems to enjoy playing Blanc more than Bond, largely due to the physical gulf between the two characters.

glass onion It may not be better than its predecessor, but it’s in the same neighborhood. Although he returned only one cast member (Craig), many of the structural elements have been preserved. The movie leans a bit more towards comedy than knives out and the who does not? aspects are not emphasized as strongly. Witty dialogue and narrative twists are strong points and Blanc remains a blank slate. He’s the main character, but we know little about him (apart from a few bits of background revealed during the previous story); the only new information he offers glass onion is that it is bad in the game of Clue!

glass onion does not try to replicate knives out, although it uses the presumption of repeating and “filling” scenes with new information. In this case, the main story is mostly completed shortly after the midpoint of the runtime. Johnson then rewinds the events back to the beginning and shows all the stuff lost in the cracks and/or not properly emphasized the first time around. This allows the viewer to organically recognize who is to blame and why/how he did it. It’s a more satisfying approach than the standard Hercule Poirot “round up all the suspects and find out the culprit” (although Kenneth Branagh has done a fine job of that in his recent Poirot adaptations).

The film opens with various characters receiving puzzle boxes containing invitations to an ultra-stylish party hosted by billionaire Miles Bron (Edward Norton). Everyone invited to his private island for the event has a strong past connection to him, except for one: Benoit Blanc, who is on hand to solve the “mystery” Miles has promised will be the centerpiece of the gathering. Also in attendance were Governor (and Senate candidate), Claire Debella (Kathryn Hahn); a science teacher, Lionel Toussaint (Leslie Odom Jr.); model-turned-entrepreneur Birdie Jay (Kate Hudson) and her assistant Peg (Jessica Henwick); internet influencer Duke (Dave Bautista) and his main friend Whiskey (Madelyn Cline); and Miles’ ex-partner Andi Brand (Janelle Monae). It goes without saying that at least one of these guests will not return to the mainland at the next low tide and that the scoundrel is among the survivors.

glass onion it’s funnier than almost any other 2022 movie (even those marketed as straight-up comedies) and more entertaining than many of the bloated would-be blockbusters dotting the release schedule. Johnson has no political interests and his scripts play to the strengths of his actors. Craig in particular is a delight. He has no stunts to perform and allows a more relaxed and comedic aspect to shine through. We’ve seen this side of him before, but it suits him now that he’s in his mid-fifties.

The “guest cast” is made up of recognizable names in top form. It is to the credit of the script that no one outshines the others and that everyone is given at least one great scene. Johnson has put together an impressive array of cameos, some of which are of the blink-and-you’ll-miss-them variety. They include Stephen Sondheim and Angela Lansbury (in their last screen appearances), Ethan Hawke, Hugh Grant, Natasha Lyonne, and Serena Williams (among others).

With the goal of maximizing revenue and qualifying for Oscar nominations, Netflix has orchestrated an unprecedented wide release for the film ahead of its streaming availability. The limited one-week window (running from November 23 to November 29, 2022) provides access for those who prefer to see the film in a theater and/or want to see it a month before it premieres on Netflix. The wave of the future? Whether that’s the case or not, this is hands down the best high-profile crowd-pleaser Netflix has ever released. It’s deliverywhich has not been the case with the likes of red notice

Y the gray man. It makes me want to see more of Benoit Blanc and experience what other delightfully meandering stories Johnson has hidden up his sleeve. After enduring one pointless sequel after another, it’s refreshing to be able to make that statement. glass onion it’s a year-end gift from a director who rarely disappoints.


Glass Onion (United States, 2022)





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