Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery begins as a group of friends receive an elaborate puzzle box. A gift from their wealthy friend, the box is an invitation to a weekend of fun in his private Greek island and they all accept with glee. Excited to enjoy their sun-soaked, luxurious getaway, the group is surprised to find out that Detective Benoit Blanc has also been invited to the party, with a note suggesting that there is a murderous edge to the holiday.
Bigger and flashier than the original, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Story is yet another twisty tale brought to life by writer/director Rian Johnson that is sure to delight audiences. With Glass Onion, Johnson once again takes the tropes of mystery storytelling and gives himself the freedom to move around the pieces that he’s placed on the board in unexpected ways.
Featuring an entirely new cast of characters, Glass Onion stars Edward Norton, Leslie Odom Jr., Dave Bautista, Janelle Monae, Kate Hudson, Kathryn Han, Madelyn Cline and Jessica Henwick. (And that’s not even to mention the numerous cameos throughout the film.) Even so, the through line to this franchise remains Daniel Craig‘s performance as Benoit Blanc. After the success of his daring detective in the previous film, one cannot help but fall in love with his Southern drawl and brilliant mind. In Onion, Craig once again positively owns the role and plays it with such glee that one hopes that he continues in the role for years to come.
And Johnson still has some tricks up his sleeve.
All you ultimately need to know is that, Glass Onion is a delight from start to finish. Fast-paced and very, very funny with its murderous mayhem, Johnson once again peels away the layers of that this Onion conceals until the truth is eventually revealed. And, as long as Benoit Blanc is leading the investigation, long may these Knives remain Out.
Glass Onion is now playing at TIFF ’22. For screening information, click here.