Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery Review - An Enjoyable Christmas Flick
Rian Johnson's 2019 film Knives Out was an instant smash hit. It was a fun and entertaining social satire whodunit mystery with Blanc paying tribute to Hercule Poirot style investigation. Director RJ continues with a similar approach in this second installment paying homage to one of the tried-and-tested formula of Agatha Christie's novel.
Glass Onion takes place during the pandemic where a tech billionaire Edward Norton invites his close set of friends to a remote Greek Island. Interstingly a similar invitation goes to detective Benoit Blanc and Daniel Craig becomes an uninvited guest. Ed plans a murder mystery party and wanted his friends to solve the puzzle, but things take U turn and scene becomes chaotic.
Its not fast paced as its prequel. Its a slow start, an interesting breezy second half and the climax felt bit odd for my satisfaction. The big mystery at the center is not quite as exciting. It gives a feel of not taking itself seriously approach. Nevertheless, RJ smartly mixes things with a paced editing and shuffling of story lines with plenty of red herrings. There is no round table interviews this time. He is dismantling the age old genre with his own style and world building. If i were to pick one, i would go with the former one. The magic is retained to an extent if not entirely satisfactory. A suprise christmas gift for the audience.
Verdict - 3.5/5(A Narcissistic show)