‘Glass Onion’ Review


Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, was the perfect cinematic way to finish off the 2022 year. Released on September 10, Glass Onion is a quirky, upbeat murder mystery starring Daniel Craig (aka James Bond), who is known in the movie as Detective Benoit Blanc.

Glass Onion takes you along the ride of a weekend getaway at a private island, hosted by a billionaire who does not know what to do with his money.

What could go wrong? A lot.

Billionaire tech entrepreneur Miles Bron, a self-proclaimed “genius,” runs a successful tech company and takes his tight-knit group of friends along for the ride in many different ways. Miles is always there to give them a leg up in life and to make sure they don’t crash and burn.

Every year for Miles’ birthday, he brings the same posse—Birdie Jay, Claire, Lionel, and Duke—on a wild adventure. But this year, two outsiders tag along and turn the tables for good. We see the good, the bad, and the ugly from each character. They all have their own secrets that pile up and unravel toward the end of the movie.

This movie was a fun twist on the original Knives Out but was a little too cheesy for my liking. Don’t get me wrong, the mystery was well thought out, and the cast was phenomenal, but the lines and pace were off. The movie starts off with a fantastic intro and, wow, was I on the edge of my seat! But toward the end, I slowly slumped back into my chair.

The timing overall was odd, as it jumps from present to past, and then present once again.

Leading up to the final minutes of the movie, which take place in the present, there was a breath of fresh air from the corny jokes. When the mystery got intense, it took a lot of focus to keep up with the plot, and I found myself confused at times. As the movie was wrapping up, I was lacking the “Aha” moment that everyone craves when watching a mystery movie. I hate to say that the ending was very predictable and nothing special.

Sophomore Juliette Katz recalled that the plot was “a letdown.” She added, “I wasn’t surprised when I found out who the killer was. Besides that, it was an entertaining movie.”

Janelle Monáe, who played Andi Brand, saved the movie and cut through the cheesiness at the end with an angry, feisty speech to finish it.

Additionally, Kate Hudson, who played Birdie Jay, shined in this movie. Her character provided great comedic relief, as did many others, but her character stuck with me. She was just the right amount of chaotic and controversial.

Sophomore Elana Goldwin said, “Birdie Jay was just a breath of fresh air. She was so funny!”

There were so many icons in this movie, yet it was difficult to watch them deliver such weak lines with such talent. Don’t get me wrong, Daniel Craig is a superstar, but it pained me to watch him speak in such a horrible, Southern accent. They could have done so much more with this amazing cast, and I feel the writers did the bare minimum.

If you love light and not-so-serious mysteries, this is the murder mystery for you. Glass Onion is out now.