Glass Onion

Glass Onion ★★½

Immediately dated (pandemic jokes), too clever by half and indulgently overlong, Rian Johnson's follow-up to the refreshingly clever and entertaining Knives Out, fails to live up to the hype made by festival audiences. Or it could just be me? Chances are I'm an outlier here but I couldn't wait for it to end.

While there are plenty of funny moments and the actors do well with what they're given, spending two plus hours with most of these characters is a tedious affair. Ed Norton's character is insufferable, appropriately so, but boy did I get tired of hearing him whine. It's all just too much. We even get a lot of glass breaking and explosions for good measure. Sometime less is more. This modern crop of "auteur" directors are in serious need of an editor.

There's one nice surprise that I didn't see coming but the mystery of the killer's identify is way too easy to spot (solving isn't necessary), making some of the latter part of the film drag. Don't take my word for it though. Hopefully you'll have a good time. If you're online a lot you'll probably laugh and nod knowingly at the jokes or like me you'll be annoyed and bored after the umpteenth one.

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