A Knives Out Mystery Review

A Knives Out Mystery Review

PLOT: Detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) travels to a remote island in Greece to solve a murder involving a reclusive tech billionaire (Edward Norton).

VERIFICATION: knife out will probably become one of TIFF's biggest success stories. The film was considered a risky gamble in its day and caused a sensation when it was first shown. Finally, knife out was a smash hit at the box office, making it Netflix (who snapped up the rights to the series) as their first true franchise. Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery is bigger and maybe even more brilliantly written than the first, with a great cast led by Daniel Craig and Janelle Monáe.

if glass onion suffers at all, it's like we go in expecting a twisted crime thriller while the original surprised us because it was so unique. It was such a sensation that it revived the genre, taking it out of the parlors of an Agatha Christie crime novel and modernizing it. Above all it was a rare adult film that performed well on the big screen and while this will have a theatrical component I bet more people will watch this streaming than the big screen.

It's a shame, because Johnson, obviously working on a bigger budget, has made a lavish crime novel that pays tribute to one of his oft-cited influences, 1970s crime fiction. The Last of Sheila. Cleverly using the pandemic as a starting point, the film explains the move to Greece, where reclusive tech billionaire Edward Norton's inner circle was summoned. He wants them to play a crime game and Blanc was invited to join. For the very bored detective, who's spent most of the pandemic sulking in a bathtub, the trip is proving to be a welcome distraction, and it's not long before he realizes he's in the middle of another rogue's gallery full of people who have secrets to keep.

glass onion features Dave Bautista as a goofy "men's rights" activist (but not portrayed as particularly hateful) who's big on Twitch (with Madelyn Cline has his trophy girlfriend "Whiskey"), Kate Hudson (in a hilarious performance) as a pea-crazy Fashion mogul (with Jessica Henwick as her harried assistant). Kathryn Hahn is a wannabe politician while Leslie Odom Jr. is Norton's busy number two.

A Knives Out Mystery Review

Everyone is brilliant, but two of the cast steal the show. One is Edward Norton, who hasn't been so easy-going in years, sending the so-called "brilliant" innovator type with a particular flair for depravity to perfection. He would dominate the film if it weren't for Monáe, who appears reserved at first, but quickly turns out to be perhaps the most impressive character in the whole film. The less is known about her role, the better.

As for Daniel Craig, Blanc is primarily an observer with the storyline revolving around the friends, but he gets more screen time glass onion when he did it knife out. We're learning a bit more about Blanc this time, and I expect Johnson will drop more clues as the series progresses, making him less of a mystery over time. Once again he's heroic, with more interest in justice than any sort of personal reward, and his chemistry with Monáe is as strong as it was with Ana de Armas. Johnson has a knack for casting, but I imagine given the brilliance of his writing that every actor in Hollywood would want a chance to do his dialogue.

Set in a bigger sandbox this time around, Johnson can't resist the urge to go a little bigger, with the climax taking full advantage of Netflix's budget. The 139-minute runtime is perhaps a little forgiving, but it picks up at a comfortable pace after a somewhat slow start. It takes a while to get used to the mystery, but once the main actors arrive in Greece, the film kicks into gear and doesn't let up until a well-known Beatles song plays on the soundtrack.

Of note is the impressive production design, with the set being the actual glass bulb of the title, which would have made Ken Adam proud. The Nathan Johnson soundtrack is excellent and peppered with some unique needle drops, and the film is packed with cameos that I hope no one spoils.

While I'll probably have to see glass onion again, before you decide if it's totally true to the original, it's still a blast from start to finish. One thing is for sure - no one is going to walk out of here because they don't want to see more Benoit Blanc adventures.

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