Wednesday, January 18, 2023

Glass Onion (2022)

Streaming Service: Netflix
Movie Name/Year: Glass Onion (2022)
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Length: 2h 19min
Rating: PG-13
Production/Distribution: Netflix, T-Street
Director: Rian Johnson
Writer: Rian Johnson
Actors: Daniel Craig, Edward Norton, Janelle Monáe, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., Kate Hudson, Dave Bautista, Jessica Henwick, Madelyn Cline, Jackie Hoffman
Blurb from IMDb: Famed Southern detective Benoit Blanc travels to Greece for his latest case.

Selina’s Point of View:
I adored the first Knives Out (2019). It was two hours of twisty-turny fun. All the character were extremely in depth and the mystery was second to none. I was looking forward to Glass Onion, but I knew better than to hope it would be as good.
I could have let my hopes get higher, because Glass Onion was just as good, if not better than the first.
Writer/Director Rian Johnson (Looper, Brick, The Brothers Bloom) has the secret code for making a damn-near perfect mystery movie. It’s full of foreshadowing that’s SO obvious when it’s played back later on, but it’s subtle enough that it’s near impossible to catch the first time around. Then he weaves in this incredible humor that keeps audiences laughing for the entire run-time.

I loved the way 2020 was portrayed, too. Benoit Blanc at the beginning of the flick was ALL of us; playing Among Us and wasting away as we tried not to go crazy in lockdown. I got a huge laugh out of seeing some of my favorite jellybean characters running around on screen. I played Among Us just about every night for that whole year. But I digress…
This series is amazing and, because it follows only Benoit Blanc, there’s an infinite number of places it can go. Each time featuring different actors playing different insanely in-depth characters.
If Johnson keeps bring Daniel Craig (No Time to Die, Kings, Logan Lucky) in to play Mr. Blanc, this series can continue indefinitely. There’s magic in the combination, and I can’t wait to see what it brings next.

Cat’s Point of View:
You know what? I’m ready for the next Knives Out (2019) movie. Bring it on. This franchise has just been flat-out entertaining so far, and I’m hoping that Rian Johnson has more than a trilogy planned.
Glass Onion was a lot of fun. The story captured the essence of how quite a lot of us got through the lockdown – zooms and online games with friends. I nearly did a spit-take with what I was drinking when Benoit Blanc was shown playing Among Us at the beginning of the movie.
I feel I need to pause a moment to note that every time that Daniel Craig opens his mouth to speak as Benoit Blanc, I have to hold in gales of giggles. That put-on Southern drawl that he does sounds like he just stepped off the set of Gone With the Wind (1939). It’s brilliant in its own quirky way. I just rarely hear people speak that way – and I live in the deep South.

Once more, I found myself trying to unravel the clues before the reveal. I was only slightly more successful with Glass Onion than the first Knives Out movie – but still didn’t quite see that twist coming.
The cast was amazing, the setting was gorgeous and well-utilized, and the story was as intricate as I hoped it would be. I felt like the first movie still had a little bit more zing than this sequel, but I don’t feel that the 2-plus hours of watch time was misspent. I hardly noticed the length at all.
This was my second viewing of Glass Onion, as I just couldn’t wait to watch it when it hit Netflix. I picked up on several new things in this fresh watch-through, and I could see myself watching again at some point in the future.

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – 92%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score – 93%
Metascore – 81%
Metacritic User Score – 6.0
IMDB Score –7.2/10
Trust the Dice: Selina’s Rating 5/5
Trust the Dice: Cat’s Rating 4/5
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