Classic puzzle like candy. No wonder authors like Agatha Christie have been able to enjoy such success for so long. With a charismatic detective and a captivating story, there really are no limits. With his movie 2019 Take out the knives, Rian Johnson showed us classic detective fiction that didn’t feel like a relic of the early 20th century. With a highly anticipated sequel, Glass Onion: Takes the mystery out of the cutleryWill Johnson continue his hot streak? Or will this be another unnecessary sequel?
Glass Onion: Takes the mystery out of the cutlery It takes us back to the world of Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig). Thanks to the Covid lockdowns, the world’s greatest detectives (like us) have been reduced to playing games in the bathtub. Everything changes with an invitation to a party thrown by a mysterious billionaire, technological genius Miles Bron (Edward Norton). To make matters even more mysterious, the invitation promises a murder. Well kids, this is just the beginning. No spoilers of course.
The cast is full of talent. The film stars Kate Hudson, Dave Bautista, Janelle Monáe, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr. and Jessica Henwick. Rian Johnson directs the film from his own script.
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Take out the knives We were drawn into the world of Benoit Blanc three years ago, and Rian Johnson bounced back to shape this time to do the impossible. He has created a sequel that is not only good, but I would argue is actually better than its predecessor.
Johnson returns to this world with the talent stacked behind him and everyone is having a blast. Everyone, without exception, is a joy in their respective roles. There are no weak links in the chain. It is necessary to call both Daniel Craig and Edward Norton. It gives us great joy to see both men having as much fun as they have in decades on screen.
At the same time, Bautista is fully committed to Duke Cody, the colorful TikTok and YouTube personality with “men’s rights” leanings. Bautista of course has no problem throwing himself into a role.
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However, he does have a blast playing into the sheer ridiculousness of his personality. Whether the Duke is carrying a gun in his Speedo or flexing his pectoral muscles with every step as he runs around the floor. A great deal of laughter falls on his massive shoulders and Bautista relishes the challenge.
As mentioned, there is no underperformance here. Each member of the staff is given their time to shine. Janelle Monáe does what she does best and single-handedly reminds us just how fierce and gorgeous she is every time she takes to the screen. This is Janelle Monáe’s world and we all live in it.
Meanwhile, Rian Johnson steps behind the camera to remind us how happy he is, too. He molds the movie into the perfect follow-up and makes this Benoit Blanc story into the perfect contemporary equivalent of a Hercule Poirot novel.
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Johnson’s love (and knowledge) of classic mystery leaps onto the screen. He remains one of the smartest filmmakers of his generation, particularly with regard to the history of cinema. He brings true reverence for the work to come.
Johnson wears his love of genre on his sleeve and this critic wouldn’t have it any other way. Classic movie fans have no doubt already picked up on his response to the famous 1973 mystery post sheila. While watching the movie, I also feel like I spot references to the 1985 classic idea and Deep Gem of 1976 Killing by dying (For example, but not limited)!
The writer and director is firing on all cylinders with Glass Onion: Takes the mystery out of the cutlery. The trend, of course, looks like a million bucks. Supposed to. Much of the film is set on the property of a posh Greek bronze (The Glass Onion). This man does not live life on a small scale.
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The interaction between Johnson as writer/director and his talented cast is at the heart of the film’s success. While Benoit Blanc is the closest thing the movie has to a lead, Glass Onion’s strength and appeal depends on the set. Humor, mystery, and suspense are all associated with these supporting performances. If any of these things fall flat, go to the movie. However, there is more fun, color, and weirdness here than in the first movie. I laughed more and had a lot of fun.
Finally, far from offering any spoilers, Johnson proves once again that he’s a smart writer. The movie offers an incredibly fun twist due to its many great storytelling choices (which I frustratingly want to avoid due to spoilers). The movie kept me straight on my toes. I’ve had many theories all along and each time they end up wrong.
As the end credits roll, Glass Onion: Takes the mystery out of the cutlery It proves itself as one of my favorite theatrical experiences of 2022. Rian Johnson reminds us once again that he is one of the most creative and talented filmmakers in Hollywood working today and it was a pleasure to see his creativity firing on all cylinders. His work blends beautifully with an incredibly talented cast, and this turns out to be just as good… if not better… than the original.
Glass Onion: Takes the mystery out of the cutlery It opens in select cinemas for a short period of time, beginning November 23. Never fear, though, the movie will hit Netflix just in time for Christmas on December 23rd.
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