Glass Onion Review

Maria Hernandez

I never watch movies twice, like ever. And if I do, it’s usually years after I watched it the first time, never the next day. But there was one movie last year that changed that pattern for me, and I’ve seen it four times now. “Glass Onion” has been on repeat since its release on Netflix in December.

Filmmaker Rian Johnson (“The Last Jedi,” “Looper”), wrote and directed “Glass Onion,” which is the newest film in the “Knives Out” franchise, covering a new mystery with the same detective. The film follows Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) as he gets invited to a murder mystery party hosted by Miles Bron (Edward Norton) on his private island. Along with Blanc, Bron’s closest friends are invited, each with a big secret of their own. When a murder happens on the island, Blanc steps up to the challenge.

I have been a huge fan of “Knives Out” since it came out in 2019, so I was very excited to watch another film of the same universe. And it is safe to say that I liked this one better. “Glass Onion” takes on a little more of a comedic take on a mystery, more so than the past film. I also felt like, as an audience, we got to know Blanc’s character better, which adds a nice touch to the film. The cinematography was beautiful and engaging with comedic zooms that made me want to watch more.

The depth/lack of depth of the characters is also another strong suit of the film. On the outside, characters like Miles Bron seem like they have so much depth to them and that they are more than the audience would think but that is far from the truth. Like the title of the film, “Glass Onion,” there are layers but at the end of the day you can see right through it. But if we take a look at Andi Brand, there is so much more than what meets the eye.

But the plot twist is what keeps me coming back because every time I watch the film, I watch it from a different perspective and with different knowledge. It truly feels like a unique viewing every time. I typically do not see myself attracted to mystery movies but I think the humor along with the casting makes this a fun watch.

This is not to say that it doesn’t have its downfalls. The beginning of the movie feels slow until about a third into it. And I also wish that the ending was not so rushed.

Overall, I would say that this is an easy watch that will have you on the edge of your seat. Although it is not a sequel to “Knives Out,” I do feel like it is a good idea to watch that first so that you can get more context.

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