Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery movie review - Aussieboyreviews


You don’t have to have seen 2019’s Knives Out to understand Rian Johnson’s sequel, but it’ll definitely spark a debate on which of the whodunnit comedies is better. Glass Onion features terrific casting, brilliant writing and is extremely entertaining.


A tech billionaire invites his friends for a murder mystery party he is hosting on his private island. But when a real dead body turns up among a large crew of suspects, famous detective Benoit Blanc is put to solve the case.

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Movie details

Director: Rian Johnson
Cast: Daniel Craig, Edward Norton, Kate Hudson, Janelle Monáe, Dave Bautista, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr.
Writer: Rian Johnson
Release Date (Australia): 23 December 2022
Runtime: 139 minutes/2h 19m
Genre: Comedy, Mystery, Crime
Country: USA
Language: English

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (M)

The film includes thematic content relating to murder and attempted murder, mild crude humour, references to suicide and a sequence of destruction.

Violence (PG)

The film contains a scene of simulated violence in which an arrow is shot at a character and a blood spray is depicted and a scene in which character is shot and blood detail is viewed.

Coarse Language (M)

The film contains two uses of the word “f**k”, as well as several uses of the words “s**t”, “ass”, “bitch” and “**shole”.

Drug Use (PG)

The film includes visual drug references and a brief depiction of people smoking marijuana joints.

Nudity (G)

The buttocks of a statue are viewed.

Sex (PG)

The film contains verbal sexual references, a brief depiction of a sex toy and a condom, as well as two scenes depicting a woman straddling a man on a bed.

mpaa rating

PG-13 (for strong language, some violence, sexual material and drug content)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Other than the bright new story and the thoughts around the “glass onion”, Rian Johnson’s Benoit Blanc spin-off/sequel is incredibly clever, amusing, mysterious, entertaining and no step-down to Knives Out. Daniel Craig returns as one of the greatest characters of the past decade with a completely new all-star cast for a sharp, fun and always guessing whodunnit mystery that reminds us of why we should still go to the movies. Although in the debate of which of the two spectacular whodunnit movies is the best, it’s arguably Knives Out as it’s more complex and it really takes us to the classical style of mystery movies. The 2019 film is the one that deserves the title of Glass Onion, as the explanation behind the meaning of a “glass onion” would be much more relevant to the first film, but that doesn’t mean it’s without a definition here.

Instead of the characters gathering together as a family for a birthday like they were in Knives Out, he decides that this time, the characters will be old friends who are invited to a murder-mystery party. Although as most movies turn, there ends up being an actual death and everyone is now stranded on this island to reveal the killer’s identity. Looking in all the areas talents and potential are rooted, this movie wouldn’t be a good follow-up to Knives Out without the big cast of big stars who each deliver witty characters who all have great chemistry together, and it’s worth noting that they aren’t so serious alike the characters in the first film. But the character who’s new to this group of people is the best character, and that’s obviously Benoit Blanc. This movie wouldn’t be the anticipated murder mystery without Daniel Craig, who comes back with his memorable accent, smart ideas and his gift of an extremely witty vibe.

There’s some major stuff in the movie thats blends to result from a single element that a surprising amount of negative ratings seem to have quite an issue with though. The word that sums it all up is the screenplay. The direction is top-notch; every scene packs a bright visual style or exciting darkness that sucks you right into the story, but Rian Johnson’s writing isn’t quite as marvellous as the camerawork, or his work in the 2019 predecessor. Glass Onion is very different from Knives Out in the sense of what style it takes on. Although enjoyable and entertaining, the difference between the lovers and the haters is whether they liked how this story was built. Nothing happens for the first hour; the film takes its time to set up the story, setting and characters. But the murder mystery begins before you know it, following with a sustained flashback/backstory chapter similar to how the first film revealed its ideas. Finally, there’s just a ridiculous sequence of destruction that feels like it doesn’t belong in the franchise, which is the final touch to the reason why some people will hate this spin-off sequel.

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