Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (2022)

By: Alexander Bowler | Contributing Writer |

A comedy? A mystery? “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery” follows Detective Benoit Blanc in a new sequel to the original Knives Out (2019). Although there is no correlation to the first movie other than Detective Blanc, it follows an all too familiar story of betrayal. So, if you want to sit back, relax, and have a few laughs, this movie is perfect for you.

DISCLAIMER: Spoilers ahead! 

Rating: 8/10 

So first, yes, that is a Kanye West Tapestry next to his dinner table in what has been named the Glass Onion. Also, yes, there are some wildly strange decor items. Ranging from a multi-mural of a creepy Ronald McDonald, all the way to that weirdly shaped light fixture, which is supposed to imitate the “Klear” fuel in solid form, illustrates the eclectic taste of billionaire Miles Bron. The Glass Onion has too much symbolism to unpack, but it all points to Bron being a massive narcissist who either cannot or refuses to accept reality. 

We see the movie pay homage to connections of spectacular mysteries in the short game of “Among Us” Benoit Blanc is playing. In this game he is playing with Angela Lansbury (“Murder, She Wrote”, 1984), Stephen Sondheim (“Last of Sheila”, 1973), Natasha Lyonne (“Pokerface”, 2023), and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (“Fletch”, 1985). Even more detailed, the writers went as far as having Lansbury’s “Among Us” name be “MSheSolved.” 

All of the characters were so unique, but also real-life imitations and commentary on popular figures we know today. Miles Bron, the billionaire scam artist, dresses up like many tech billionaires that we see. When Bron is describing Klear to his friends, his outfit is reminiscent of Steve Jobs. Duke, although never truly referenced, is comparable to the influencer, Brian Johnson, known as the “Liver King.” We see that Duke, like Johnson, promotes getting buff by eating a certain strange diet and taking supplements while they take steroids, and doing other things behind the camera to keep their figure. Kathryn Hahn, who plays the aspiring Connecticut Senator Claire Debella, claims to have based her character off of high-profile U.S. female politicians.

Even though it was a good movie with great writing and decor, its familiarity made it relatively predictable. Maybe not entirely, but it was fairly obvious Miles was the one responsible for the death of his “friends.” From the way the murderer was able to slip around the house in the dark, to the dialogue mainly pointing out him as the only odd one out in the murder of Andi Brand, all fingers point to him. 

All things considered, “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery”, is the perfect movie for a small get-together or when you just want a nice laugh when looking for something to watch. The mystery is really the lesser of the two when it comes to its Mystery/Comedy category. This movie is a tale of curious and greedy betrayal, lined in comedy gold. Try to find all the Easter Eggs – it’s a challenge! I already gave you a few, now you watch the movie to find the rest.