The sequel to the movie Knives Out just dropped on Netflix, and it’s about as fun as the first one. Come for the allure of a murder mystery, stay for rich people taking L’s.
Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery immediately lets you know that it’s not a direct sequel, since how would that even work? Chris Evan’s character was arrested at the end. Instead, besides Daniel Craig as the detective, this movie has a totally new cast, including Edward Norton, Dave Bautista, Kathryn Hahn, Jessica Henwick, and Janelle Monáe.
The story follows a select group of people after they get invited by their rich friend to stay at his private island. As the detective immediately solves the murder mystery game they had planned, he finds out he wasn’t even invited, and that something far more sinister is going on in paradise.
An interesting decision the movie made right off the bat was making COVID-19 be very apparent throughout most of the first act. It gives big 2020 vibes, from anti-maskers to even the video game “Among Us,” although all of those things still exist.
The name is an homage to the song by The Beatles, but also refers to something having multiple layers, but the center is crystal clear, because it’s a glass onion. The movie does a good job of making this a central theme. Like the first movie, there’s a lot of elements at the beginning that come back to play later on. Still, there’s some that don’t.
The most obvious is a few of the characters, namely Ethan Hawke and Henwick. They both have very little screen time, with really no importance to the story. It gives “deleted scenes” vibes, although there’s no evidence to support that. The more likely explanation is that they were added to have more murder suspects, and distract the audience from the real killer.
By far the best part of the movie, like Knives Out, is rich people losing spectacularly throughout the whole film, particular Norton’s character, Miles Bron. There’s something really satisfying about seeing them be miserable on a magical Greek private island. Another returning theme is the real hero not being Craig, but someone who deserves it more. Namely, Monáe’s character. She carries the movie in a big way by playing two different characters, giving a stellar performance to both.
With the new cast of colorful characters, the star of the first movie, Evans, isn’t even missed. All in all, the movie has a few flaws, but still feels as fun as the original, and worth giving a shot.
By Inti Navia, Senior, ChiArts