Glass Onion

Glass Onion ★★★★½

"It's a dangerous thing to mistake speaking without thought for speaking the truth."

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery further proves Rian Johnson's impressive credentials, matching it's phenomenal predecessor in it's quality delivering an equally strong sequel that tells an equally complex, funny and endlessly unpredictable narrative that's designed for multiple viewings. It's easily the best film to be set during the pandemic.

I am a sucker for crime/murder mysteries. In this case, it seems nothing has happened yet, but something always has happened or is happening of course. That's why it's always great to have an amazing detective by your side (literally and metaphorically speaking). Some great setting locations, cameos, lighting all add to the unique flavor that writer and director Rian Johnson so expertly weaves together.

Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) is perfect as the private investigator, bringing back that beautiful accent and all the humor whilst still reminding us that he's a truly good person. Helen and Andi Brand (Janelle Monáe) is the best out of the new cast, she shows so much range and makes for a great double act with Daniel Craig.

The rest of the cast are all really good: Claire Debella (Kathryn Hahn), Lionel Toussaint (Leslie Odom Jr.), Birdie Jay (Kate Hudson), Duke Cody (Dave Bautista), Peg (Jessica Henwick), Whiskey (Madelyn Cline) at making their characters unlikeable and easy to laugh at, but the strongest is Miles Bron (Edward Norton) whose clueless billionaire tech giant feels like a perfect and deliberate contrast to his iconic "Fight Club" character.

Rian Johnson's direction is excellent, the film surprisingly has a high amount of energy in its constant camera movements and is really good emphasising it's star power through framing. The music by Nathan Johnson is also really good, with an eccentric bombast rarely heard these days.

Overall, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery is funny, thoughtful, beautifully shot and I t was always going to be hard to follow the success of "Knives Out", so I'm glad Rian Johnson went with a very different film because it's a joyful skewering of the modern Gilded Age and its foibles.

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