Glass Onion mystery underwhelms

Knives Out was one of the highest-grossing original movies of 2019 that later led to the creation of Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery. Since the release of the movie on September 10, 2022, the success rate for the movie has made it to Netflix’s Top 5 most popular movies of all time. With Glass Onion being at No.4, it has had over 279.7 million watch hours in the first 28 days since the release. 

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery is a murder mystery directed by Rian Johnson that revolves around a friend group of influencers who are bound by a lie that could tarnish their reputations. Claire Debella (Kathryn Hahn) is the governor of Connecticut with a plan to become senator but behind closed doors she has been approving untested technology in exchange for donor money. Lionel Toussaint (Leslie Odom Jr.) is the head scientist of the company Alpha, where the untested technology has been developed. With a rushed timeline from his boss, Lionel skips the necessary safety precautions for the product they will be distributed to the world. Duke Cody (Dave Bautista) is a social media influencer who uses his body and his girlfriend (Madelyn Cline) to increase his views on streaming apps such as Twitch. Birdie Jay (Kate Hudson) was a supermodel who became a fashion designer/entrepreneur, but due to her recklessness she had to be watched by her assistants Peg (Jessica Henwick). Miles Bron (Edward Norton) is the wealthiest of them all and with that comes his power of control on the rest of the group.

          The movie begins with each character receiving a mysterious box with an invitation to Miles’ island where their game will be taking place. But the mystery began before their landing onto the island. While boarding the boat, the influencers are shocked by the arrival of their ostracized friend Andi (Janelle Monáe). Although the friends were once close, after Andi’s obvious disapproval of the distribution of the untested technology she was turned on by the people she helped build Alpha company with. But she wasn’t the only unexpected guest, no one expected to see detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) even the host of the game, Miles. From there on, the movie follows the mystery of Andi, why is she there? What does she know, and what will she do with what she knows? 

As much as I enjoyed the mystery Andi provided to the movie, there wasn’t much mystery when it came to the main suspect, Miles. From hiring a writer to write their weekend mystery to stealing ideas from Benoit, Miles didn’t leave much guessing when it came to knowing who the real culprit was. But that seems to be the pattern in the Knives Out movie series; In the first movie the culprit of the murder wasn’t a secret either, the mystery was in the characters and their contributions to the murder; although the change was creative it didn’t provide enough mystery to make this movie more than average. Although it was lacking when it came to the murder mystery, I appreciated the story it was telling when it came to the power and influence that money has on people.