Murder mystery/comedy Glass Onion is the sequel to Knives Out and is distributed by Netflix, following its premiere at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival. During the initial months of the COVID-19 pandemic, eccentric billionaire Miles Bron (Edward Norton) invites a group of his old friends, as well as renowned detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig), to his private Greek island for an annual murder mystery weekend. However, one of the guests drops dead after drinking from a poisoned beverage which was intended for Bron. With all of the guests having a motive for wanting the billionaire dead, will Blanc be able to solve the mystery before anyone else is killed?
- An altogether clever and very detailed puzzle is pieced together to solve the murder mystery, with director/screenwriter Rian Johnson utilises flashbacks very well to subvert our expectations/assumptions. As with Knives Out, the humour is consistently very witty and features punchy dialogue that makes it all the more engaging.
- Although slightly caricatured at times, the various potential murder victims and suspects are fun individuals to watch with interesting sides to their characters, whilst Blanc is a much more rounded character this time around.
- A strong cast who clearly have an absolute blast as they throw themselves into the film with great energy. The standout supporting players are Kate Hudson and Dave Bautista, whilst Daniel Craig is a terrific lead as he once again absolutely relishes the role of Benoit Blanc.
- The production design department create a very lavish and rather striking home for Bron, with the titular Glass Onion that makes up part of his home being a brilliant design conceptually, and different aspects of this home implementing excellent practical effects.
- The excessive use of flashbacks and at times abrupt focus shifts from one character to another does result in the film being altogether disjointed.
- The murder mystery itself does not have that much of an investigation, with Blanc’s super-sleuth skills resulting in a fast and abrupt resolution.