Review: ‘Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery’ Layers of Mystery

The second installment of the “Knives Out” mystery movies re-enforces the “Glass Onion” name.

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by Laney Lark, Reporter, Copy Editor

The first “Knives Out” movie is one of my top three favorite movies. So naturally when the second one came out I was ecstatic to watch it. The star studded cast is nothing new from the first movie, maybe even slightly more intense. 

Daniel Craig makes his appearance as Benoit Blanc once again and nails it as he did in “Knives Out.” We even get an in depth look at his character as more of a person and less of a detective. 

Dave Bautista plays an obnoxious mansplainer who is the boyfriend of Madelyn Cline’s character. Both of them give an amazing performance considering how opposite those characters are to their real life personalities.

Kate Hudson, Katheryn Hahn, and Edward Norton’s characters are also well played and entertaining. However the most impressive performance comes from Janelle Monáe. 

Monáe technically plays two characters that are twins (the technicality of it makes more sense once you see the movie). The way she can switch between the characters so well and differentiate easily is very impressive. 

Most of the twists and turns of this movie were shocking to me personally and even if I guessed one beforehand I was still surprised and satisfied when they came true. To say the least, this movie had me on the edge of my seat, literally. 

I mean, a dead twin? Who could have predicted that? I definitely did not and neither did my dad who tends to call out what he thinks will happen before it happens. 

The movie definitely plays off the name “Glass Onion” where the ending is obvious but it is so layered it makes you question absolutely everything. 

Much like the first movie there are Easter eggs and foreshadowing throughout the whole movie that may take multiple watches to fully understand and catch. Which only makes it even more fun to watch more than once. 

The only thing I didn’t love was the addition of COVID-19 to the plot, however the way that they did it was executed very well. Without much background on the specific character in the beginning of the movie, the way the character handled COVID-19 said a lot about their character without actually saying it. 

Characters like Blanc wearing a mask correctly and staying home, even though he was extremely bored, versus characters like Birdie wearing a fishnet mask and having a huge party. It tells you about their personal views and personalities. 

Overall I really enjoyed this movie and thought it was written very well. Would I say it’s better than the first one? No, Only because that is one of my comfort movies but I would 100% recommend it to anyone.