Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery ★★★½

The twitter-brained, online jokes that may or may not age well and polished self aware celebrity cameos made me uneasy as I started to peel back the layers of this “glass onion.” But it turns out it works pretty dang well because it’s all about Twitter’s current owner and how he’s a ginormous “shit head.”

I barely made it to catch this inexplicable one week theater engagement that our Netflix overlords have gifted us. In that sense, it makes it interesting that this is a film that skewers disrupters and they society it created. And much like the original, this skewering leads Johnson himself to do some disrupting of his own as he subverts the gamification of whodunnits. He actually sets up the whole thing as a commentary about how con men are gaming the system. And even if they prattle on about destroying the the system, they are in a sense become the system themselves. They’re the new money flip side of the Knives Out coin.

Despite all the high minded ideas and pyrotechnics, this is not nearly as purely entertaining and tight as the original. It’s humor is much more reliant on references and it’s not as smart as it seems to think it might be. But hot damn if this ain’t entertaining!

added to: 2022, Johnson Ranked

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