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Review: Netflix’s Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery is one of the purest pop pleasures of the year

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Daniel Craig returns as detective Benoît Blanc in Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery.Courtesy of John Wilson/Netflix

  • Glass Onion: A Knife Out Mystery
  • Screenplay/Director Ryan Johnson
  • starring Daniel Craig, Janelle Monae, Edward Norton
  • classification PG; 139 minutes
  • open November 23 in select theaters. Streaming on Netflix December 23rd

Critic’s Choice


Perhaps I’m partially responsible or grateful. knife out movie came out in 2019, I singled out Daniel Craig’s wonderfully loopy performance as ace detective Benoît Blanc, sentenced the British actor to a lifetime of acting with nothing but the molasses-heavy Deep South accent he portrays in the film. I had no idea at the time that this was Johnson’s plan all along. Three years later, we get to enjoy a new Benoît Blanc adventure, and Johnson said that should the sequel deliver the goods, audiences will have an indefinite supply of Daniel Hooda units for years to come. I have made a definite promise to accept it.

and deliver the product glass onion do – this new knife out The Mystery is one of the purest pop treats of the season, a compelling, audience-pleasing production that balances franchise commitments with clear wit and creative purpose. Also, this could be his fourth best ever funded by Netflix. Irishman, RomeWhen uncut gemstone, Respectively. Thanks to Netflix’s Ted Sarandos and the hundreds of millions his company poured into Johnson to make it happen. Benoit Blanc’s next big mystery to solve: Netflix’s Knives Out 2 Did the budget increase the price of subscriptions earlier this year? We may never know.but at least glass onion Relatively easy to solve.

Glass Onion balances franchise commitments with clear wit and creative purpose while delivering compelling productions that delight audiences.Courtesy of Netflix

Summoned to a gorgeous Greek island by an Elon Musk-esque tycoon named Miles Bronn (Edward Norton), Bran seeks out a man guilty of cold-blooded murder among the ranks of his new client’s domineering friends. I have to find out. The obnoxious Joe Rogan-like podcast host Duke Cody (Dave Bautista)? AOC meeting Nancy Pelosi’s politician Claire DeBella (Kathryn Hahn)? Steve Wozniak-esque scientist Lionel Toussaint (Leslie Odom Jr.)? Or… Kate Hudson’s actress Birdie Jay, played by Kate Hudson? The only suspect who doesn’t fit easily into celebrity duplication is soft-spoken entrepreneur Andy Bland (Janelle Monae). He also happens to be Miles’ ex, and carries enough physical and emotional baggage to the island to satisfy Bronn’s title. The Beatles-style glass mansion.

Johnson, Now the old hand of detective games not only at first knife out high school noir too Brick and the cheater caper Brothers Bloom, delves deep into the history of whodunnits and recasts the genre into cinematic pretzels with twists and triple takes. Just when you thought you knew which rugs would be pulled out from underneath, Johnson discovered that there were rugs woven into even smaller rugs, and that the floor beneath many of those rugs wasn’t really a floor. All but the ceiling.

When first announced glass onion‘s cast list is overwhelming.first time knife out There was a row of killers including Jamie Lee Curtis, Michael Shannon, Toni Collette, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Don Johnson… Oh, and Christopher Plummer. and Lakeith Stanfield. more? Probably more.Still everyone inside glass onion We are here for a deliciously perfect reason.

The first Knives Out had a row of killers, but Glass Onion’s supporting cast fit their roles perfectly.Courtesy of Netflix

Bautista lays down on the red-headed fool with muscular enthusiasm, demonstrating the bruiser’s deadpan genius. Monáe balances extremely tricky narrative responsibilities with slick usability.Norton melds his prickly, infamous public persona with the charm of a slimeball tech buddy to create hiss-worthy brashness (he also at one point dressed exactly like Tom Cruise’s character). I am magnolia, extra bonus points). Hudson, his MVP of cinematic surprise, most famous twenty years ago. (Actually, is there a better actress here than Cameron Crowe’s Penny Lane? I’m here to argue maverick…maybe!)

Meanwhile, it’s Craig who’s backing everyone up, delivering much of the film’s neck-stretching, eyebrow-raising and effortless finesse. An article might have Benoît Blanc in the headline and James Bond in the footnote.

However, like the most perfect-looking crimes, there are problems and catches. A flood of early movie cameos oversells the idea that this is Hollywood’s favorite new franchise. Temporarily deflates the fugitive’s appeal, and once Johnson decides he’s told enough pandemic stories, the problem magically dies down. (Perhaps Elon is getting wind of this, and his current corporate getaway is just a preemptive strike against Johnson.) But when all the bloody affairs are sorted out, these cute and nasty issues are of little concern.

Is this a home run? When A critic-friendly hit – what Netflix was waiting for? As half the fun, it’s not glass onion You’re watching the many layers of the film peel away while you’re with a raucous crowd. All the plot pivots and sight gags work to drive a packed house into an ‘ahaha’ infection. Stir. Who knows how the action will play out in the cold comfort of a Netflix subscriber’s home.

But I believe in Johnson’s ability to solve cases previously thought unsolvable. May Daniel Craig never speak his native language again.

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