“Glass Onion” Review

Marit Erickson, Variety Editor

“Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery” has finally hit theaters. The long awaited follow-up to Rian Johnson’s 2019 mystery film, “Knives Out,” was released Nov 23. 

A star studded cast and exciting twists and turns have marked the franchise. Madelyn Cline, Janelle Monáe, Kate Hudson, Edward Norton, Kathryn Hahn, and Leslie Odom Jr. all starred. Daniel Craig reprised his role as world famous detective, Benoit Blanc. 

“Knives Out” was hugely successful, gaining a shining 97% review on Rotten Tomatoes, making this sequel highly anticipated. 

Thankfully, Johnson delivered. 

Craig consistently triumphs in his performance as the world renowned detective. His southern drawl and witty remarks consistently satisfy. 

Monáe was incredible. She expertly balanced rage, humor, and class in delivering her performance as Helen Brand. 

Hudson was by far the funniest character in this movie. She perfectly encapsulated a delusional has-been celebrity. I specifically appreciated the mocking of people who claim to be authentic when they’re really just offensive. 

All the other supporting characters had their moments as well. Norton’s rich idiot persona was hilarious. Kathryn Hahn and Leslie Odom Jr. bring a certain finesse to comedy that is refreshing amongst such an absurd cast of characters. 

One of my favorite tropes in cinema is flashing back and revealing crucial information that changes the viewers’ understanding of the previous scenes. My favorite use of this is in Tarantino’s “Hateful Eight”. “Glass Onion” utilizes this trope and it works wonderfully. 

There were plenty of twists in “Glass Onion” to satisfy the biggest mystery fans. 

I loved the array of cameos, specifically Serena Williams, Ethan Hawke, and Hugh Grant. 

Without giving anything away, the ending was extremely satisfying. It was also nice to see a different approach to wrapping up a mystery. 

Go watch “Glass Onion” and form your own opinion!