Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (2022). (L-R) Kathryn Hahn as Claire, Madelyn Cline as Whiskey, Edward Norton as Miles, Leslie Odom Jr. as Lionel, and Kate Hudson as Birdie. Cr. John Wilson/Netflix © 2022.

Review – Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery is full of juicy laughter-filled layers of murder mystery

By: Robert Prentice

Benoit Blanc returns to peel back the layers in a new Rian Johnson whodunit. This fresh adventure finds the intrepid detective at a lavish private estate on a Greek island, but how and why he comes to be there is only the first of many puzzles. Blanc soon meets a distinctly disparate group of friends gathering at the invitation of billionaire Miles Bron for their yearly reunion. Among those on the guest list are Miles’ former business partner Andi Brand, current Connecticut governor Claire Debella, cutting-
edge scientist Lionel Toussaint, fashion designer and former model Birdie Jay and her conscientious assistant Peg, and influencer Duke Cody and his sidekick girlfriend Whiskey.

As in all the best murder mysteries, each character harbors their own secrets, lies and motivations. When someone turns up dead, everyone is a suspect. Returning to the franchise he began, Academy Award-nominated film-maker Rian Johnson writes and directs Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery and assembles another all-star cast that includes a returning Daniel Craig alongside Edward Norton, Janelle Monáe, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., Jessica Henwick, Madelyn Cline with Kate Hudson and Dave Bautista.

Tech billionaire Miles Bron invites his friends for a getaway on his private Greek island. When someone turns up dead, Detective Benoit Blanc is put on the case.


Knives out introduced us to Daniel Craig as Detective Benoit Blanc in a refreshingly fun and entertaining take on the murder mystery genre. Now a sequel has come out and the title reminds us of the classical murder mystery stories that center around a singular author or famous detective. Glass Onion, which is dubbed as a “knives out mystery” brings Craig back as Detective Blanc for another who-dunit.

So let’s start with the cast. Johnson brought in another all-star cast this time around that ranges from the scientist with grand ideas, to the politician and the fashion icon. The film is clearly trying to be more relevant to the times as it’s clear the pandemic as Detective Benoit Blanc has been going stir-crazy during the pandemic with no real cases to solve since the last time we saw him. But more than that, it’s around a generation of people who want to be ‘disruptors’. That is a theme you will hear a lot in the film.

Like the first film, you need to pay close attention to small things throughout the film that will help you solve the mystery before all is revealed by Detective Blanc. The story is truly an onion as the layers of the story are peeled back, as well as the characters’ backstories and motives. Most sequels never live up to the hype that the original film created but Glass Onion gets about as close as you could get. The laughs are everywhere to be found, and the story is outlandishly fun and non-stop that the small imperfections are forgotten quickly.

Craig may have found himself the best role post-Bond that he could have hoped for. The cameos in Glass Onion are also fun added nods to the genre so be sure to catch them all as you watch. I for one, hope there is another Knives Out Mystery to be told in the future.

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery is full of juicy laughter-filled layers of murder mystery. The film hits theatres for 1 week only Nov 23rd, and hits Netflix Dec 23rd.

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