Does the sequel to Knives Out hold up?

Tyson Head, Writer

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery released on Netflix September 10, 2022, is the anthology sequel to the 2019 film Knives Out.

Glass Onion features Daniel Craig as famed Detective Benoit Blanc winding down since his last big job in the 2019 film. That is until he receives a mysterious package in the mail, holding a puzzle inside. Upon solving the puzzle, Blanc discovers it is an invitation to a retreat of sorts. Blanc arrives at the specified location, meeting none other than Miles Bron (Edward Norton) after the introductions, Blanc immediately begins to size up the folks he’ll be staying with for a while. Claire Debella (Kathryn Hahn), Birdie Jay (Kate Hudson), Birdie’s Assistant Peg (Jessica Henwick), Duke Cody (Dave Bautista), Duke’s lady friend Whiskey (Madelyn Cline), and Dr. Lionel Toussaint (Leslie Odom Jr.). The guests all board a private ship, before a car comes barreling toward the end of the pier. It screeches to halt, with none other than Andi Brand (Janelle Monae) stepping out. 

Andi is not necessarily happy with Miles, what with her filing a settled lawsuit against him, so she bonds with Blanc as an outsider to these eccentric gurus. Besides Blanc, Whiskey, and Peg, all people at the getaway are old friends of Miles, as they were friends in college. The boat takes our cast to an island just off the coast, with all passengers marveling at the industrial complex that has become this secluded retreat. At its center, the facility features an enormous observation deck in the form of its namesake, the Glass Onion. According to Polygon, “Glass Onion is a brighter, louder, more extroverted movie than the first Knives Out.” After sending all of his guests to their respective rooms, Miles then consults Blanc. Miles explains he has no idea why Blanc is there, and is more confused when Blanc provides an invitation that matches all the others perfectly. Miles and Blanc then come to the conclusion that another guest at the party must have invited Blanc.

Bron explains exactly why he invited each person over dinner. They’re all participating in a murder mystery game, with Bron being “killed” and the others being tasked with finding the culprit. Before the game even begins, Blanc presents a complicated resolution to the group, and correctly guesses Birdie as the culprit. Annoyed, Bron escorts Blanc into another room, asking what they will do for the rest of the weekend. Blanc kind of turns on Bron, claiming he doesn’t need a game, everyone on the island has a motive to want him dead anyhow. As rich people are known to do, Bron is revealed to have greatly wronged each person present one way or another. The circle of suspects all unwind, enjoying alcoholic beverages until tragedy strikes. Duke Cody, Bron’s friend whom he has regulated to live video services, has been poisoned. He gasps for air as he succumbs to the tonic and collapses before everyone. “I thought Bron was the killer,” shared Cole Lombard, “He always seemed to have a motive since the beginning.”

The game turns into reality, as the situation sets in. To find out who the culprit is, you’ll need to check out the film on Netflix yourself. Having witnessed the calamity of a climax myself, I believe it is safe to say it will not disappoint. And with this film receiving a 97% on Rotten Tomatoes, a third film is almost certainly on its way.