‘Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery’ was clever, energetic and predictable



By Nina Figurelli, A&E Editor

Imagine you are in a real-life game of Clue. Was it Professor Plum with the wrench in the library? Or perhaps it was Miss Scarlet with the rope in the dining room. “Glass-Onion: A Knives Out Mystery” is a story about scandal, greed and betrayal, and immerses viewers into a live-action Clue murder mystery.

The “Knives Out” (2019) sequel takes place in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic when everyone is quarantining at home including world-renowned detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig). Detective Blanc is finding it difficult to adjust to his lackluster life behind closed doors until suddenly he receives a mysterious invitation from tech-billionaire Miles Bron (Edward Norton).

Miles invites his closest friends, his ex-wife and Detective Blanc to his private island in Greece for the ultimate murder mystery getaway. The reunited friend group will have the weekend to solve who “murdered” Miles.

But with every attendee having a motive to actually murder Miles, Detective Blanc has reason to suspect that the billionaire-extraordinaire is in grave danger.

“Glass Onion” was an exciting mystery film with interesting and complex characters that elevated the plot. 

The most important character is Miles’s ex-wife Andi Brand (Janelle Monáe). Immediately when she arrives on the island, there is a clear tension between her and the other characters. Her mysterious persona is quickly unveiled once Detective Blanc discovers that she was the real genius behind Miles’s billion-dollar tech corporation. 

However, Miles’s money-hungry mentality overcame him and Andi filed for divorce. Consequently, Miles gained complete ownership of their company and cheated Andi out of her fair share.

Craig’s portrayal of the murder investigator was the heart of both movies in the “Knives Out” series. Detective Blanc is also a mystifying character who enters the film’s twisted stories with a suspicious invitation. His distinctive mannerisms and deep southern accent easily make him the most likable character in the films.

Although most of the characters don’t have a detailed backstory, their clashing personalities make their interactions both entertaining and amusing. Take Birdie Jay (Kate Hudson) and Claire Debella (Kathryn Hahn) for example; Birdie is the stereotypical “dumb blonde” who often finds herself being canceled by the media, while Claire is a corrupt politician who is constantly worried about her public image.

Other than the captivating characters, the movie has many plot twists and constantly kept me on my toes. But with all of the unexpected curveballs, the predictable ending fell short. It felt like the thickening of the storyline amounted to nothing but disappointment and left me unsatisfied.

I will say that I found it interesting how the movie showcased the harm of elitism and corruption. Like I said before, all of Miles’s guests have a motive to kill him because all of their careers and success are funded by the tech giant himself. They are all holding onto him for dear life, like leeches, in order to stay on his good side.

I usually don’t care for movies and shows that incorporate the pandemic into the plot, but it wasn’t a major part of the story and in some ways provided some comedic relief. The lighthearted nature of the film made it easy to watch despite it being two hours and nineteen minutes long.

While the “Glass Onion” plot may not have surpassed its Golden Globe and Academy Award nominee predecessor “Knives Out,” the loveable and dynamic characters made the movie enjoyable and fun to watch.