Is Glass Onion Better Than The First Knives Out Mystery Movie?

Netflix has invited you into the Glass Onion this Bank Holiday weekend for a second crime thriller knife out film franchise. Did this one have a Halle Berry!-esque kick that the original didn’t?

Once again written and directed by Rian Johnson, glass onion opened with a little more setup than knife outwho chronicles for us how tech brother Miles Bron (played by Edward Norton) invited several friends to his eponymous Greek retreat for a weekend of crime, via elaborate puzzle boxes that had to be solved (…or smashed) to reveal the actual one Invitation.

The intended invitees were a group of friends who – before any professional success (including Miles’s founding of Alpha Industries) – met at a pub called The Glass Onion back then: Claire Debella (played by Kathryn Hahn), now a governor who ran for Senator; Lionel Toussaint (Leslie Odom Jr.), the lead scientist at Alpha; Birdie Jay (Kate Hudson), a model/influencer besmirched by various PR scandals, who brought her assistant Peg (Jessica Henwick) with her; Duke Cody (Dave Bautista), a men’s rights activist searching for his big break on Twitch, which came with his girlfriend/influencer wannabe Whiskey (Madelyn Cline); and foremost Andi Brand (Janelle Monáe), who had sued months earlier (unsuccessfully) to claim her share of the alpha pie.

GLASS ONION: A KNIFE OF MYSTERYAlso RSVPing for the getaway — though Not an intended recipient of a puzzle box, causing great confusion for Miles – was Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig), Master Detective.

With everyone gathered on the private island, Miles brought up the crime mystery that would spark his impending “death” — even though it was Benoit Blanc very quickly to solve it on the spot before anyone else (and greatly annoy the party host!). Shortly after, however, someone actually passed out: Duke, poisoned by a drink apparently intended for Miles. And not long after theWhile the guests were already suspicious, Andi was shot dead by an unseen assailant in the middle of a private tete-a-tete with Benoit Blanc.

GLASS ONION: A KNIFE OF MYSTERYBut things weren’t on All what they seemed.

The film’s second act consisted of an extended flashback revealing that Andi Brand had indeed been murdered in her home days before the trip. Suspecting foul play, her twin sister Helen sought out Benoit Blanc and begged him to show up on Miles Island and find the culprit. Helen, in turn, was tasked with impersonating Andi, changing her hair and posture, and studying her twin’s handy diary. (En route we briefly met Hugh Grant, who played Benoit’s partner.)

Twist #2: Helen wasn’t killed by the bullet outside the glass bulb; Instead, the aforementioned diary saved her life — though Benoit quickly had her feigned death (with the help of a few squirts of Jeremy Renner-brand hot sauce). Helen then slipped away to search all the rooms until she found the red envelope that had been stolen from her dead sister and confirmed that it was indeed Alpha And me‘s idea.

We won’t detail what happened after that, although I would argue that the conclusion was a little less elegant knife out‘s own crime summary; It offered a little less clever puzzle solving and a lot more pyrotechnics. In the end, however, justice was served in a very different way.

what were you thinking about glass onionand how it compares to the original knife out riddle/solution? Is Glass Onion Better Than The First Knives Out Mystery Movie?

Lindsay Lowe

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