‘Glass Onion’ sharpens the ‘Knives Out’ formula in a polished Netflix sequel


Mounting to the obstacle of matching its prosperous predecessor, “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery” maintains the razor-sharp formula, with a setup that feels even a lot more conspicuously like an Agatha Christie homage prior to an exceptionally intelligent series of twists kick in. Writer-director Rian Johnson once more assembles a reliable forged powering Daniel Craig, but it is his use of language – exactly where nary a phrase is wasted – that at last offers the sequel its edge.

Netflix opportunistically stepped up to purchase the “Knives Out” franchise and, departing from its regular “Stroke the filmmakers’ egos” method to theatrical distribution, will basically give the motion picture a vast one-week-only release prior to it hits the streaming provider in late December. Most men and women will most likely nonetheless wait to consume it in the comfort of their houses, but for individuals who do acquire the plunge, it certainly plays perfectly with an appreciative viewers.

Just after the household dynamics in “Knives Out,” which gave every person a motive to kill off the patriarch, Johnson tries his hand in a diverse placing, with an eccentric billionaire, Miles Bron (Edward Norton), inviting his previous posse of pals to a murder-mystery getaway (during Covid, no a lot less) on his secluded Greek isle, in which they’ll be tasked with solving his “murder.”

The game, nevertheless, takes an unanticipated transform, starting up with the invitation to Craig’s learn detective Benoit Blanc, who continues to be amazing and odd in near-equivalent evaluate.

As for the eclectic roster of attendees/possible killers (and/or victims), they contain a vogue designer/social-media loose cannon (Kate Hudson) and her husband or wife (Jessica Henwick), a fitness influencer (Dave Bautista) and his girlfriend/sidekick (Madelyn Cline), a scientist (Leslie Odom Jr.), a politician (Kathryn Hahn), and most intriguingly, Miles’ estranged former business spouse (Janelle Monáe).

Even though the most recent motion picture naturally lacks the perception of discovery that greeted the initial – and even turned Chris Evans’ sweater into a will have to-have merchandise (Chris Evans not included), Johnson is smart adequate to acknowledge that while this is about reloading, not reinventing, the modify in venues can however refresh the formula.

Craig, moreover, is plainly having a ball with this new signature job, buying and selling in his tuxedos and physicality for a much more cerebral kind of crimefighting, with a Hercule Poirot-like gift for eavesdropping and a Foghorn Leghorn Southern twang.

In 1 of individuals “Kneel ahead of Zod!” flexes, Netflix reportedly paid out a fortune to acquire these sequels, which is frankly just the type of deal that threatens to just take a enjoyable little motion picture and screw it up by producing unreasonable expectations.

Fortunately, “Glass Onion” finds new levels to explore, in a way that would make the prospect of a new “Knives Out Mystery” every single handful of years seem like a completely fair idea, anywhere and even so a person chooses to take in it.

“Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery” premieres November 23 in US theaters and December 23 on Netflix. It is rated PG-13.