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Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

**Disclaimer: spoilers will be dropped, so read at your own risk.

Welcome to … a whodunit mystery that will literally knock your socks off with the suspense, intensity, humor, and thrill – aka, Knives Out. The first movie in this franchise (which has already been given the green light for Knives Out 3), Knives Out, came out in 2019 and was a smash hit. Besides the acting, story, and plot, the attention to the minutia details was exquisite. 

I actually first watched the first Knives Out movie just before I saw Glass Onion on Netflix. From not opening the fence, turning right before the statue so she (Marta) wouldn’t get caught on the security footage, carefully climbing up and down the side of the house to the attic where Harlan was, and quickly and sneakily switching out the medications, the first Knives Out was unique on a whole different level. The hype of Knives Out led to the sequel, Glass Onion. This movie had its own special charm that was much different than the first one.

I had high expectations for the second film. The sequel takes place on Miles Bron’s private Greek Island. Bron, played by Edward Norton, is a tech billionaire. He sends game-riddled packages to a set of his closest friends, all of whom are invited to play a murder mystery game on his island. All of Miles’ friends have vastly different personalities and characteristics – the friends are often found laughing, having fun, being confused or impatient, and more. In the midst of the fun, one of Miles’ friends, Duke, dies and everyone is a suspect – even Miles (cue the dun dun dun). Tons of unexpected events went down throughout the entirety of this sequel – stolen and revealed identities, manipulation, strategic thinking, out of the box ideas … you name it, this movie has got it. All the small planned details hit pretty hard. Honestly, the storyline was slightly boring. Don’t get me wrong, it was a great movie but it had more potential to do better. After Duke’s death, the whole thing was predictable. Of course it would be the fishy billionaire host who was too busy to give actual information about the game to his friends. Miles was simply too suspicious from the start and that is what led to my own (correct) conclusions. My favorite part of the movie was when they revealed that Helen was the one who pretended to be Andi all along to get revenge on Miles for what happened. Plot twist! 

Let’s recap – this movie was exciting and different than the first in a good way. The attention to detail and plot points was phenomenal and it really enhanced the story and characters. Glass Onion is definitely a must watch … grab snacks, fuzzy socks, a blanket, and sail away on this epic journey! 

The star-studded cast of the movie didn’t disappoint either. The recurring role of Dective Benoit Blanc, played by the fantastic Daniel Craig, appeared in the movie alongside Janelle Monáe, Jessica Henwick, Kate Hudson, Kathryn Hahn, Madelyn Cline, and Leslie Odom Jr, to name a few.


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