Glass Onion: Better Than Its Prequel?
Netflix's Knives Out sequel, Glass Onion, is surprisingly more entertaining than its prequel.
Netflix has done it. They have released not a subpar, not mediocre, not even a good, but a great movie. While they have notoriously been known for creating high-budget disasters, the relatively low 40 million that they spent on their newest Knives Out Sequel, Glass Onion, has been more than worth the money. Starring Daniel Craig, once again, as famed detective Benoit Blanc, Glass Onion delivers an even more entertaining experience than its highly successful prequel.
A Story Filled With Humor
The story follows a group of friends who are invited by their mutual billionaire pal Miles Bron (played by Edward Norton) to his private island, where they will play games and have a weekend of fun. However, things take a turn as bitterness slowly starts to divide the friend group, and bodies begin to drop. The rest of the movie follows Blanc as he tries to determine who is picking off the islanders. While the plot sounds quite serious, the execution of the storyline is quite the opposite, in a good way.
See, most mystery films are more serious, like the first Knives Out movie in 2019. However, Glass Onion takes a much more humorous approach that somehow works without transforming the entire film into silliness. The perfectly timed bits of comedy throughout the movie keep the audience relaxed and highly entertained for the full duration. There is no dull or out-of-place scene in the film, thanks to the humor that fills in for otherwise awkward/cringe scenes present in many pictures nowadays. With all this said, while the comedy is superb, it isn’t even the best part of the film.
The acting, character work, and chemistry throughout the film were absolutely nailed. Many films with multiple high-profile actors tend to produce subpar performances due to potential clashes in personalities. Even with stars like Daniel Craig, Edward Norton, Dave Bautista, and more, every character manages to play their part without stepping on the toes of the others. Daniel Craig delivers an expected sublime performance, but it’s Edward Norton that steals the show. His captivating portrayal of a reckless, delusional, and surprisingly hilarious billionaire is powerful, memorable, and one of his best performances in recent times.
The film, as a whole, is simply entertaining from start to finish. The storyline is refreshing, the acting is spot on, the comedy is perfect, and subtle suspense permeates throughout the film. While it’s hard to say if Glass Onion is superior to its 2019 prequel, it’s much more entertaining and a must-watch movie.
Raving Rating: 7.7