Review of “Glass Onion: A Mystery at Daggers Drawn”

Daniel Craig is back as Benoit Blanc in the 2019 sequel Knives out, Glass onion: a mystery at loggerheads. And this time it’s just as fun as the last. And it’s all thanks to the sparkle Rian Johnson brings to the film as he writes and directs here once again.

It’s a new adventure with only one familiar face, Blanc (Daniel Craig). And this time, he finds himself in Greece on a sumptuous private island with an exotic estate. A very different group of friends, who proudly call themselves troublemakers, have all gathered on the island at the invitation of billionaire Miles Bron (Edward Norton) for their annual reunion. This year, Bron wants to stage his own murder. And it’s up to his friends to solve the case. Of course, it’s just a game, or at least it’s supposed to be.

Guests include Andi Brand, Miles’ former business partner, current Connecticut Governor Claire Debella (Kathryn Hahn), top scientist Lionel Toussaint (Leslie Odom Jr.), fashion designer and former model Birdie Jay (Kate Hudson) and her conscientious assistant Peg (Jessica Henwick), and influencer Duke Cody (Dave Bautista) and his sidekick girlfriend Whiskey (External banks star Madelyn Cline).

Each character holds their own secrets, lies, and motivations as to why they would want to commit murder. And when someone actually turns up dead, despite the fact that the weekend was supposed to be a game, everyone is a suspect.

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Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery Movie Review: What I Did and What I Didn’t Like

While this time of year can usually bring a bevy of depressing drama, all doing their bidding on an Oscar nomination, it’s a breath of fresh air to watch a smart comedy like Glass Onion. With its duration of 2 hours and 19 minutes, this thriller is not predictable, like the other films of the genre this year.

If you liked the original Knives out, it’s a safe bet that you will also like it. It’s just as good as its predecessor, but it also brings something new and creative to the table. The audience can see everything happening in real time as Benoit tries to put the pieces of the puzzle together, which inevitably leads the audience to make incorrect assumptions about who is to blame.

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And I have to say, for me at least, it feels good to be wrong about where a movie like this is headed. While the film isn’t very original, it’s creative enough to leave moviegoers impressed.

The actors all give good performances in this one. But it’s Janelle Monáe who stands out from this star formation. His portrayal of the outcast of the group, who seems to be the only one with any idea what’s going on, is gripping and keeps everyone guessing until the very end.

Glass onion: a mystery at loggerheads
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Globally

Double comedy, Glass Onion offers an entertaining ride that relishes the dismantling of the rich and privileged. It’s an exceptionally fun film that’s enjoyable from start to satisfying end.

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery Movie Review

Grade: B+

Glass onion: a mystery at loggerheads hits theaters on November 23 and debuts on Netflix on December 23.

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