Glass Onion Is Getting The Same Reaction From Everyone

Glass Onion, the new murder mystery starring Daniel Craig as Benoit Blanc, is currently holding an excellent 89% on Rotten Tomatoes.

By Charlene Badasie | Published

Three years ago, Rian Johnson created Knives Out. The retro whodunit paid tribute to the celebrated works of Agatha Christie, following a modern-day murder mystery in which a famous crime novelist is found dead the morning after his 85th birthday. At a time when the superhero genre dominated viewership, the project was a reminder that people still love stories that are reminiscent of vintage Hollywood. Now, following an early screening of Glass Onion: A Knives Out Story, at the Toronto International Film Festival, the highly anticipated sequel is getting the same positive reaction.

Following its glitzy festival premiere, Glass Onion earned a critics score of 89% on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes with an average rating of 9.0/10. Metacritic, which uses a weighted average, also gave the film an impressive score of 84 out of 100, based on 12 critics. The movie will close the BFI London Film Festival on October 16, 2022, and will be released on Netflix on December 23rd. The streamer is reportedly considering a new release model for the project that gives it a 45-day window in theaters before being released for home viewing.

According to The Hollywood ReporterGlass Onion offers more action, more comeuppances, and more daring designs than the original film. There are also a few genuinely surprising cameos thrown in just for good measure. Additionally, the ensemble is more varied than Knives Out and its critique of the clueless rich is more relevant to our age. The story also offers a tiny glimpse into the private life of Daniel Craig’s Detective Benoit Blanc. But the character remains enough of an enigma to keep viewers guessing. His life will probably be explored slowly, over many films.

The biggest way that the Knives Out films differ from the stories of old that inspired them, is that uncovering the truth of a crime doesn’t mean anyone will pay for what they’ve done. Moreover, characters one might write off sometimes prove crucial to the detective’s solutions. In Glass Onion, he doesn’t use the “arc of truth” metaphor from the first film. But it’s still deeply satisfying, even before viewers start to appreciate the way the plot subverts conventions about authority figures. Even on a private refuge that police have a hard time reaching, bad guys can sometimes be brought to justice.

Written and directed by Rian Johnson, Glass Onion serves as a standalone sequel to its 2019 predecessor and is produced by Johnson and Ram Bergman for T-Street Productions. The story begins when tech billionaire Miles Bron invites his friends for a getaway on his private Greek island. When someone turns up dead, Detective Benoit Blanc steps in to solve the crime. Led by Daniel Craig, who reprises his Knives Out role, the film also features an ensemble cast. This includes Edward Norton, Janelle Monáe, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., Jessica Henwick, Madelyn Cline, Kate Hudson, and Dave Bautista.

Interestingly, Netflix holds the film rights to at least one more entry in the Knives Out series. In 2020, Daniel Craig and Riaan Johnson both separately stated that they will continue making additional films as they are both involved together. Like Glass Onion, future stories will revolve around Daniel Craig’s Detective Benoit Blanc solving various mysteries with new characters.