“Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery” Is Better Than The Original, According To Critics
— Updated on 13 February 2023

“Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery” Is Better Than The Original, According To Critics

— Updated on 13 February 2023
Garry Lu
Garry Lu

We always knew writer-director Rian Johnson would come out of the gates swinging for Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery in an attempt to re-capture the lighting-in-a-bottle level success he experienced with the original film, but based on first reactions towards the “sequel,” it seems as though he’s got a superior whodunnit on his hands. One that’s already being praised by critics across the board and a healthy 93% score on Rotten Tomatoes.

According to Netflix – which famously acquired the rights to this flick along with the next one for an astounding US$450 million – the premise for Glass Onion is as follows:

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

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Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery First Reactions Are Glowing

Johnson previously noted Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery isn’t a strict continuation of its predecessor (hence “sequel”). Instead, this is a standalone instalment following Craig’s Detective Benoit Blanc on his latest mystery a la Hercule Poirot.

“I’ve never really been interested in doing sequels – but this, the idea of doing more of these with Daniel as his character, is not sequels,” Rian Johnson told SiriusXM.

“It’s just coming up with a whole new mystery, a whole new location, all-new cast, whole new mechanics of the appeal of a mystery, and everything.”

“You look at Agatha Christie’s books and it’s not like every single one is a mansion, a library, and a detective. Besides setting, she also explored a bunch of different subgenres. She found a different narrative way into each of them.”

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Daniel Craig and Edward Norton have been joined by Dave Bautista as YouTube star Duke Cody; Janelle Monae as tech entrepreneur Cassandra “Andi” Brand; Kathryn Hahn as Connecticut governor and Senate hopeful Claire Debella; with Leslie Odom Jr as a scientist employed by Norton’s Miles Bron by the name of Lionel Toussaint.

Kate Hudson has also made an appearance as eccentric fashion designer Birdie Jay; Madelyn Cline as Duke Cody’s younger girlfriend and channel assistant Whiskey; Jessica Henwick as Birdie Jay’s assistant Peg; while America’s other dad Ethan Hawke has been locked in for a yet-to-be-disclosed role.

As of today, Rian Johnson’s Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery is screening in cinemas, arriving on Netflix in roughly a month just before Christmas (December 23rd) – check out the first reactions and trailer below.

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery First Reactions


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After stretching his legs with companies such as The Motley Fool and the odd marketing agency, Garry joined Boss Hunting in 2019 as a fully-fledged Content Specialist. In 2021, he was promoted to News Editor. Garry proudly retains a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, black bruises from Muay Thai, as well as a black belt in all things pop culture. Drop him a line at [email protected]


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