Umar’s review published on Letterboxd:
Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery
“I've learned through bitter experience that an anonymous invitation is not to be trifled with.”
Rian Johnson’s Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery is a fun whodunit and strong sequel to the hugely successful Knives Out. I wasn’t a big fan of the first one either but I feel both are clever, have strong casts and are paced well. The social commentary in this felt more forced. A surface level look at class like Triangle of Sadness, that really tries to hammer home its point. The little clues that foreshadow the events are tough to spot but the film explains a lot of them through flashbacks. Pretty simple to understand by the end but I was definitely misdirected for a lot of it. The cast isn’t as good as the first one but Edward Norton is a very pleasant surprise. One of the best actors of his generation, his career has really faded. Was lovely to see him in such a big film and a great role. Craig is great once again and even funnier in this one. The conclusion is satisfying but I preferred the climax of the first one. Don’t think it will get into Best Picture, but a screenplay nomination seems likely. Janelle Monáe is getting awards buzz but don’t think her performance warrants a nomination.