Glass Onion

Glass Onion ★★★★½

There has never been a harder review to write, than the one you write for Glass Onion, because I can't emphasise how important it is to see the film as blind as possible, devoid of any preconceptions. That being said, much of the brilliance of Glass Onion works regardless of any preconceptions, and in fact both this film and its predecessor are built entirely upon the idea that we, as an audience, are familiar with this genre, its archetypes and its tropes. Rian Johnson prides himself on his ability to subvert our expectations, but I'll be damned if he doesn't nail it every time.

The ensemble cast, essential for this kind of whodunnit, is brilliant each giving the layered and multifaceted (onionesque?) performance that the script demands. Janelle Monae is a particular standout, if only for exceeding my expectations massively. The set, costume and character design all work in tandem to build the characters and the world they live in, and they do so seemingly effortlessly. Clearly dated as a film made in the pandemic years, which does hurt the film at the beginning, but as the film goes on these ideas fall to the wayside and its just onwards and upwards from there.

The magic of Glass Onion is that the film itself is a glass onion, and if you havent watched the film yet, dont read to much into that statement. There is so much to digest and enjoy when watching the film, that this is undoubtedly a film that benefits multiple viewings, and I can't wait to sit down with my family and watch it on Netflix when it drops in a couple months.

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