Review: “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery”

by Laksha Vijaikumar, Reporter

Despite my burning hatred for mystery movies, “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery” is one of the only ones I can get behind.

The movie is centered around Detective Benoit (Daniel Craig), and the mystery shrouding a peculiar group of friends on a weekend getaway on an isolated island. The film follows the eclectic group consisting of Miles Bron (Edward Norton), an eccentric billionaire and the group’s leader; Birdie Jay (Kate Hudson), a wild washed-up model; Claire Debella (Kathryn Hahn), an unorthodox politician; Lionel Toussaint (Leslie Odom Jr.), the head scientist of Miles’ company; Duke Cody (Dave Bautista) and Whiskey (Madelyn Cline), a male’s rights twitch streamer and his girlfriend; and Andi Brand (Janelle Monae), the black sheep of the group. After one of the members mysteriously dies, chaos ensues and the rest of the group turns to Detective Benoit to solve it. 

It’s important to note that “Glass Onion” is NOT a sequel. Although Craig reprises his role as Detective Benoit, it’s otherwise an entirely different group of characters and a plotline that has no relation to the “Knives Out” movie released in 2019. 

Anyway, enough of the boring stuff, and on to the actual review. Despite the fact I consider myself a pretentious movie hater, I ACTUALLY LOVED “GLASS ONION.” The fact that there’s people on the internet that seriously consider this movie to be boring and outdated truly baffles me. Everything from the plot to the chemistry between the actors was amazing. Watching the actors interact with each other was quite possibly the funniest thing ever considering how seemingly random the friend group was.

And even though a lot of people on the internet consider it to be out-of-date, I personally didn’t mind some of the “outdated” references to COVID-19 and “Among Us.”. However, a criticism I will agree with is the very little actual characterization of the characters. They all felt very foreign and it was hard to connect without knowing too much about the characters. And the ending was so simple and stupid that I was so angry that I didn’t get it. However, let’s be real, with my IQ, I highly doubt I would’ve figured out the ending regardless of how complicated it was.

But this movie definitely doesn’t deserve an ounce of hate that chronically online people have been giving it on Twitter. I mean, what more could you want from a movie that’s funny, clever and has something important to say about the political and economic state of the world, not to quote Jaden Smith. However, was it as good as the first movie in the “Knives Out” installment? Definitely not. But that doesn’t mean that it’s not a good movie.

Overall, I give this movie 4 /5 stars.