George Clark’s review published on Letterboxd:
Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery is a riot! It’s a fantastically good time with a devious mystery and a stacked ensemble cast that absolutely kill it! Benoit Blanc is such a brilliant character, the way Daniel Craig plays him, with his calm collective tone and overall smooth nature, is a joy to watch (I need more of him in my life now!). However, for me, while Edward Norton, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., Jessica Henwick, Madelyn Cline, Kate Hudson, and Dave Bautista are all fantastic throughout, each character has their moment to shine…it’s Janelle Monáe that constantly steals the show. This film belongs to her. As the mystery begins to break down, the layers begin to peel back and the story finally unravels, her character becomes drastically more interesting. She’s the star and boy does the story do her justice with the final act rounding off the film in sublime fashion.
It’s always hard to review a ‘mystery/whodunit’ film but with Glass Onion that’s particularly more so as ever inch of this film, from the main mystery itself to the hilarious cameos and great individual character traits, proved to be huge spoilers I was glad I didn’t know going in. Thankfully I managed to stayed away from every detail and man am I glad I did as everything came as a surprise to me, enhancing every twist tenfold and truly making me keep guessing throughout.
Clearly Rian Johnson has done it again. He manages to make every interaction between the characters a joy, all while seeding clues for the eventual solution to the crime (that plays out perfect) from the get-go. It’s exactly what a good mystery should be. It’s bigger and it’s shower than the first…it’s easily one of the best films Netflix has ever given us. I can’t wait for a third!