Rian Johnson’s Knives Out became an instant cult classic, and got onto many people’s “must-watch” list for the fall season. While it’s only been 3 years since the first film’s release, the wait for the sequel has felt like an eternity. But finally, our patience has paid off. The first teaser for Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery has been released, and an entirely new murder has happened.
Johnson spoke with the Associated Press about the film saying, “This movie, above everything else, is designed to be a good time with a big crowd of folks in a theater.” The reviews are in for the movie since its film festival premiere at TIFF 2022 this past week.
New York Magazine‘s Alison Willmore praised the sequel as building on the original appeal of Knives Out, writing: “Glass Onion is bigger and more precisely designed than Knives Out, but what makes it a more satisfying movie is that it sits with its characters more rather than immediately showing off their decay.”
Similar to the first film, Glass Onion has a carousel of characters that reflect popular and polarizing characters within our society. Knives Out had a young right-wing troll, a trust fund brat, a university student who’s “more down-to-earth” than her rich family, and a daughter of a wealthy author who claims to be “self-made”.
This time around, we are seeing characters outside of the family and roles that expand far past the family dynamic—a Senate candidate (Kathryn Hahn), a racist model-turned-fashion designer (Kate Hudson), a men’s rights activist/Twitch streamer (Dave Bautista), a scientist working at a large tech company (Leslie Odom Jr.), and of course, the bunch wouldn’t be despicable without an eccentric billionaire (Edward Norton). Janelle Monáe will also join the cast as the former business partner of said eccentric billionaire.
This self-righteous group travel to a private island to participate in an extravagant murder-mystery party. Little do most of them know that an actual murder is about to occur. Luckily, Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) is (supposedly) on vacation and there to assist in catching the murderer among them.
What does that random title have to do with anything? We have a theory.
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