Alex E’s review published on Letterboxd:
"Mr. Bron, I've learned through bitter experience that an anonymous invitation is not to be trifled with." - Benoit Blanc
Oh the mixed feelings I have about this one. 2022's Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery starts off strong, with some things that I could have done without but falters as the films progresses.
In the follow up, famed southern detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) travels to Greece for his latest case.
I still think Benoit Blanc is a terrific character. It's one of Daniel Craig's best roles in my eyes.
Sadly I find the new characters to be underwhelming, and didn't care for their motives or characteristics. This is especially the case with the antagonist of the film. It's a shame really because it has great actors attached to this.
I didn't like the whole woke deal with the dialogue at points, and the year this takes place. I feel like Rian Johnson was really catering to the audience with that. Along with that I findthe comedic moments to be forced, and not subtle like the original. I will say the location use is very good, and liked how this film tried something different.
Where this film falters is the pace, and how it transitions into a final act. I feel one of the revelations that Benoit has really didn't clicked with me, and once we get to the big reveal and the climax, it certainly didn't make me clap my hands like I did when the end credits rolled at the first film.
It's a shame really because the first hour or so had my attention, but after that the film nosedives for me. It's still an okay movie, but 2022's Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery could have been improved on in many places.