Jake’s review published on Letterboxd:
I want Janelle Monae to scissor kick me in the face. Thoroughly unrelated to my thoughts on the film, but it was an inescapable thought I kept coming back to.
I refer everyone to what I said about ‘Knives Out’ in one of my prior reviews, in which I say that the core to understanding Johnson is that he really really loves Roshomon. And honestly, that influence is more key to anything when it comes to what I expected, wanted, and got out of this. A mystery that folds in on itself that lets the keen-eyed viewer call the shots only for as long as Rian lets it. I didn’t hear a lot of bad things about this beforehand, but of what I did hear, things like it being ‘too online’ or the first third being a slog… yeah sorry but I had a riot from start to finish. As for the ‘online’ thing I never found it overbearing and appreciated that it was mostly on the peripheral, only really being important when it played a role in the mechanics of the mystery, to which its incorporation is pretty damn essential. In fact, I think it’s kind of hilarious how giddy Rian must have been after Elon Musk bought Twitter and essentially made him a retroactive prophet, and everything he says in regards to modernity is tightly woven into the characters and their relationships, so frankly I see no issue.
I don’t think it’s wound as tight as the first, but that’s what I enjoyed about it, to a certain extent. It’s bigger and utilizes a longer runtime to feel like a step up in terms of ambition and scale. It somehow retains a climax as purely cathartic and wickedly acute as the last, and this rightly will now exist as a wonderful companion to the first in my inevitable many future double features.
Hail to the king, cause he’s not going anywhere bitch!