For A Laugh: Knives Out 2


Ben Price, assistant editor-in-chief, chats with director Rian Johnson

Glass Onion is a highly entertaining, star-studded return to the antics of master sleuth Benoit Blanc and
the top-notch writing of Director and Screenwriter Rian Johnson as he delivers another murder mystery
where no one is safe, both from the murderer and Johnson’s wit.

Glass Onion follows everyone’s favorite Southern detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) as this time, he struggles with life under the Covid-19 pandemic. He’s not good at what he thinks are “stupid things,” and the mundanity of life in quarantine is really getting to his head. When he gets an invitation to a party at a private Greek island owned by eccentric billionaire Miles Bron (Edward Norton), he desperately accepts even though he’s not a huge fan of the eclectic cast of rich people invited just for the thrill of the case. He finds himself having to peel back the layers of an elaborate onion-like plot filled with deceit, betrayal where nothing is what it seems.

At times, it felt like everyone was in this movie, even if they really didn’t have anything to do in it. Towards the beginning, Benoit joins a Zoom call with a handful of real-life celebrities who never show up again in the movie. That combined with a ton of “relatable” quarantine scenes make the movie feel kind of dated and much less timeless than
the original Knives Out. That being said, there’s also a great energy to the movie’s moves being so in the moment. Some will look at the jokes about Among Us and quarantining as tired and annoying, but you’d be hard pressed to find a recent movie that feels as current as Glass Onion, somehow both its strength and its weakness. Also, the movie is completely stand-alone, and can be enjoyed by anyone, even if they haven’t seen the original.

All in all, Glass Onion is a movie that offers a strong mystery, a likable cast and a beautiful Greek island as its setting, and ultimately amounts to a very good time. Even if you’re not a fan of mystery, the plot and characters are engaging enough to keep you entertained, even if you can’t quite figure out who the killer
is. This movie is an easy recommend to anyone.