Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

“Oh, it’s so dumb, it’s brilliant”

“NO! It’s just dumb”

That’s an excerpt from an exchange between two characters in the 2022 movie ‘Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery’ and can probably serve as the synopsis for the plot for some. Written and directed by Rian Johnson, the film sees Daniel Craig reprising his role as detective Benoit Blanc and has an impressive ensemble cast. With a different set of actors this ‘mystery’ could’ve been unbearable, especially because it’s more of a parody mystery, one that doesn’t take itself seriously at all… so, those hoping for a legit serious murder mystery are going to be disappointed. It nowhere as amusing or entertaining as Knives Out.

Plot overview – Eccentric billionaire Miles Bron (Edward Norton) invites his close set of friends to his lavish remote island property to spend a fun weekend together solving his fake murder, but things get awkward when his estranged business partner Andi Brand (Janelle Monae) also shows up for the reunion. However, the clear odd man out in the party is world-famous detective Benoit Blanc, who claims to have received the exclusive invitation too. Miles doesn’t mind the detective’s presence and it turns out to be a boon when one of them really ends up dead.

If the intention indeed was to make a parody mystery, ‘Glass Onion’ isn’t even funny enough and has childish jokes. For example, when someone asks a question about the name of the Island, the captain says “Pisceshite” in a Greek accent. It’s supposed to be a joke, okay… ha ha ha.

Cynicism aside, Rian Johnson gets a lot of ingredients right, except for the basic plot. The cinematography is gorgeous, all the actors are great, everybody is armed with decent motive for murder, but the primary suspect is glaringly obvious. Most people will lock on a guess in the first 20 minutes and the movie drones on for almost two and a half hours, with rich people doing dumb shit and an amused detective trying to figure out the wealthy morons.

The plot unfolds during the pandemic, all the characters are masked up in the first few minutes, then don’t need it on the remote island anymore. So, except for making the story dated, the pandemic timeline serves no purpose. Thing do get a little interesting in between but the climax was juvenile. Overall, ‘Glass Onion’ has the potential to be quite entertaining movie if you keep your expectations low. Mine were high.

It’s a 5/10 from me. Stream it on Netflix.

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