Film Review: Glass Onion

This review is spoiler-free.

When I saw Knives Out a few years ago, I wasn’t as complimentary as the majority, as my review showed. This was mostly due to the fact that I worked out the culprit quite early on, which is not a great way to keep you hooked in a murder mystery. However, I can’t deny how well made it was, so I wasn’t shocked at all when Netflix gave Rian Johnson a huge bag of cash to make some exclusive sequels. The first of these sequels has now arrived, does it live up to its predecessor? For me, it surpasses it by some quite margin. I loved it!

Daniel Craig returns as brilliant detective Benoit Blanc, eager for a new mystery to keep him occupied after the boredom and monotony brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. The film wastes little time in establishing the new ensemble cast, which may not be as stacked as the one in Knives Out but is just as impressive, with a vast array of interesting characters that all have their own motivations. Pretty standard for a whodunnit, right? Sure, but this is a Rian Johnson movie, so much like Knives Out, the story is crafted in such a way that it bypasses a lot of the tropes of a standard murder mystery and becomes something new and different. Around the halfway mark, the film does a 180 that I didn’t see coming, and it shifts the focus in an exciting way that shows everything in a new light.

What I appreciate about Glass Onion was its meticulous attention to detail. If you are an eagle-eyed viewer then you may notice certain things that will become important later on, and it is so satisfying when your theories are proven right. There are no characters that feel like a spare part and all have their part to play in the greater mystery at hand, a mystery that had me guessing the entire time and was, in my opinion, a lot more clever than the one in Knives Out. As someone who has watched all of Rian Johnson’s filmography, I do believe that this is without a doubt the strongest screenplay he has delivered in his career thus far.

If you enjoyed Knives Out, then you’re undoubtedly going to enjoy this one. But, if you didn’t enjoy it, I think that there is enough here that warrants giving Benoit Blanc another chance. As a murder mystery, this one is far more compelling than its predecessor. You can tell the entire cast are having a blast, and if there’s one thing we can probably all agree on when it comes to Rian Johnson, he has a knack of getting the very best out of his performers. This only helps to elevate the story and keep viewers engaged. Johnson is creating a modern-day Hercule Poirot and if the script quality remains the same, I can see Benoit Blanc having a sizeable portfolio on the Netflix platform in the future. A franchise that I would welcome with open arms!

I am going to keep this one short and sweet, there is not a lot I can say without going into spoiler-territory, and I think this is a film best watched when you know as little as possible. But I can tell you, this is one of my favourite films of 2022, it’s better than Knives Out, and you’ll be doing yourself a disservice if you don’t give it a go.

Grab some popcorn, load up Netflix, and get sleuthing!

I give Glass Onion a 9/10.

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