Glass Onion

I was not expecting Glass Onion to be what it ended up being. It actually took some of the major themes from the previous movie while also taking it up to a new level. The way that these movies look at the relationships that involve the rich is interesting. They show just how vicious they can be if their way of life is lightly threatened. That’s not even mentioning the lampooning of various influencer templates.

Rian Johnson’s take on not only those influencers but also how the pandemic affected them and how they reacted to it. It was also fun to see a different side of Benoit Blanc since he was basically reacting to everything going on in Knives Out rather than being an active investigator. The lampooning that happens feels a bit more specific because of the events of the last few months, where the genius mystique of a certain billionaire has been completely shattered for anyone paying attention. There are subtle nods to other tech moguls that might not be as subtle as I think they are. That’s all on top of the fantastic performances that Johnson was able to get from the cast.

Daniel Craig, Edward Norton, Janelle Monáe, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., Jessica Henwick, Madelyn Cline, Kate Hudson, and Dave Bautista make up the amazing ensemble. Monáe’s performance is simply amazing. That’s the most that I’ll say about her performance as to not even possibly spoil anything about the actual story. One thing I want to say about Edward Norton’s performance is that its similar to his performance in Death to Smoochy but only mean spirited rather than aggressively optimistic. Bautista is fun playing the exact opposite of the person he is in real life. I’m gonna end this section with talking about Daniel Craig’s performance because as I’ve previously mentioned we get a little bit more of Blanc’s character. He gets to be a bit more proactive and show his detective skills rather than just glimpses of them. Oh shit, I almost forgot about Noah Segan. He’s so funny in this movie.

There are some pretty impressive visual effects in Glass Onion, especially in the finale. The costume designer did an amazing job with all of the different characters. They made each of the characters look so perfect for what they were supposed to be. The set designer did the exact same for the character specific locals but the place where the majority of the movie takes place feels like something you’d see from the kind of person that was lampooned in the movie. The music from Nathan Johnson is just as good as it was in Knives Out.

Glass Onion is a great follow up to a great mystery that continued the themes from the previous movie. I wish I had been able to see this movie during its short theatrical run but there were no theaters close to me that had it. I don’t know if I like it more than the previous movie, but I know both of them are neck in neck. I do look forward to more Benoit Blanc cases. You can stream Glass Onion on Netflix. I give Glass Onion 9 puzzle boxes out of 10.

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