Glass Onion might have kept part of the essence of Knives Out, but this Netflix sequel is barely up to par and very imbalanced.
Boasting an A-List cast headlined by Daniel Craig, this sequel picks up almost at the end of the pandemic. Detective Benoit Blanc is bored and looking for any kind of entertainment. Unsurprisingly, that entertainment falls into his lap. Craig looks like he was finally allowed to fully explore Blanc from his weirdness and quirkiness all the way to the subtle queerness in his character (and that cameo!).
On the other hand, the movie takes too long to pick up and get interesting! Almost forty minutes in, I was starting to get bored. And then suddenly, things heat up and get interesting. Really interesting.
However, not to dismiss the mostly A-List cast, the movie is held together by the sheer charisma and acting of three people: Craig, Janelle Monáe, and Edward Norton. The movie is definitely more playful and less intriguing than its predecessor, but still socially relevant. Yes, I still prefer the first movie over this one, and although writer/director Rian Johnson’s reach slightly exceeds his grasp here, it’s extremely easy to recommend something as multi-faceted as Glass Onion. It has comedy, drama, action, mystery, and almost a dozen fantastic performances full of charm and charisma.
Even if you dismiss Craig’s Blanc, Monáe and Norton are enough to get you to watch it.
Should you watch it?
Glass Onion solves the often-deadly riddle of how to deliver a satisfying sequel to a movie that was nearly perfect to begin with. Slow start but with a great finish.
Where can I watch it?
You can stream Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery exclusively on Netflix everywhere.