Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery | Review | Toronto International Film Festival 2022


Grossing $165.4M at the box office on a $40M budget, Rian Johnson's Knives Out became a sensation. The film was adored by critics and audiences alike, hitting 97% and 92%, respectively, on the popular aggregate site, Rotten Tomatoes. People could not hold in their excitement for what would come next from the Knives Out world when Rian Johnson announced a whole new cast of players would gather to host the next mystery, with names like Janelle Monae, Edward Norton, Kate Hudson and Kathryn Hahn met with jubilation and speculation from fans who wondered if the film could reach the same heights as the first. 

Those anticipating another slamdunk from Johnson were correct. Glass Onion sets its comedic tone from the get-go and never becomes exhausting. To sustain an ensemble for two hours and twenty minutes is a task not to be sniffed at, but Johnson and his cast understand the assignment and have no issue acing it. Although the impact may be different watching from home, the cinema experience gave it all the momentum needed to keep it from feeling overly long and repetitive. It feels like a film you want to see surrounded by strangers, and although it will receive a limited theatrical run, it's a shame it won't be exclusive. Having said that, the result of it landing in time for the holiday season is that many families will have a lot of fun watching this as they gather this year.  

Janelle Monae is the star, playing the dynamic lead of Andi Brand, who has landed amongst friends. Immediately met with animosity, as the film progresses, all unravels, and we're off on the romp of the whodunnit. As is requested by Johnson when he joined the crowd at TIFF for a Q&A, little more will be said about the plot but know that the artistry displayed by everyone allows for the audience to participate if only they keep their eyes peeled. It's incredibly rewarding for those who do. 

Daniel Craig is the only star back for more. The beloved Benoit Blanc gets plenty of time to display his genius, and the players around him move seamlessly into his orbit. Kathryn Hahn is another standout, as she always is, but Kate Hudson works the magic with her endless wardrobe of stunning splendours crafted by Knives Out costume designer Jenny Eagan. The Chris Evans cable-knit sweaters becomes everything that Kate Hudson wears in this sun-soaked gem.

Of course, the ultimate credit must go to Rian Johnson for making something as successful as his first film. Speaking from a personal level, I enjoyed this rendition much more than its predecessor, and I think others may feel the same when they get wrapped up in its brilliance, whether that be at home or in cinemas. It's edge-of-your-seat-worthy tense at times and keeps you guessing. Johnson has built a space where his actors feel free to play, unafraid to take risks, and the audience gets invited into that fun for the film's length. There is something so wonderful about watching a film where it is clear everyone involved enjoyed every second of its creation, and Glass Onion is going to be the perfect film to settle into this holiday season.  

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery will have a limited theatrical run starting November 23rd 2022 before landing on Netflix on December 23rd 2022.

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