Monday, January 02, 2023

Movie Monday: Glass Onion

We had our usual wild New Year's Eve, my lying on the couch and my husband in his recliner, watching a movie (and I did make it to midnight!). This year we chose Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, and it lived up to all the great things we heard from others.

First, you don't have to watch Knives Out to see Glass Onion (but you should see it because it's a great movie--my review at the link). The only common denominator is Detective Benoit Blanc, played by Daniel Craig, who in this movie, has been invited to a mystery weekend on a private island by one of the world's richest men, tech giant Miles Bron (Edward Norton). Miles has also invited his five closest friends: Claire (Kathryn Hahn); Duke (Dave Bautista), who brings his girlfriend, Whiskey (Madelyn Cline); Birdie (Kate Hudson) who brings her assistant, Peg (Jessica Henwick); Lionel (Leslie Odom, Jr.); and Andi (Janelle Monae). The invitation is an elaborate wooden puzzle box, and Miles' set-up on the tiny Greek island is super-luxurious. At first, it seems like a gathering of friends for a fun murder mystery weekend, but you soon realize there is a lot of tension behind the scenes among the old friends. These backstories and issues are slowly revealed, amid sunshine and gorgeous scenery, until a real-life murder shakes up the guests and the host. Good thing world-famous detective Benoit Blanc is there! 

This movie is pure fun. The scenery and cinematography are eye-popping and colorful, the all-star cast is excellent, the mystery is twisty and unpredictable, and a great sense of humor runs through everything. In fact, it's hard to catch all of the fun asides in this fast-paced, action-packed mystery. In an interview, Daniel Craig said it's best to watch the movie twice to catch all the Easter eggs. It's a 2 1/2-hour romp that will keep you guessing right up until the famous detective solves the mystery (though the audience is let in on a secret partway through). If you're looking for entertainment and escape, this is the perfect movie to banish those winter blues.

Glass Onion is in theaters and available on Netflix.

Check out the trailer below for a taste of the colorful exuberance of this unique film:

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