The Glass Onion: Murder Mystery Done Right


Luke Matthys

Glass Onion: A Knive’s Out Mystery is a breath of fresh air when it comes to movie ideas in 2022. The movie is a murder-mystery drama, more linear than its predecessor, Knives Out (2019). The movie does a lot of good from a plot standpoint, but could have included more mysterious aspects to leave the audience in the dark more as to let them build their own theories.

The film begins with the main cast receiving a big wooden full of puzzles. After the puzzles are completed, a card containing an invitation to Miles Bron’s private island is revealed. Miles Bron (played by Edward Norton) is a billionaire who owns the tech company Alpha Industries, which create types of energy such as Klear, which is dense hydrogen fuel. The invitation is to a murder-mystery party, where the guests have to search the island for clues on who did it and what his or her motives were. Miles invited Claire Debella (played by Kathryn Hahn) and Lionel Toussaint (played by Leslie Odom Jr), the two of them being scientists for Alpha industries and the inventors of Klear. Also invited are Miles’ best friend Duke Cody (played by Dave Bautista) and his girlfriend Whiskey (played by Madelyn Cline). Duke is a Twitch streamer who is sponsored by Alpha industries. Included are Birdie Jay (played by Kate Hudson), a model who is under fire for operating a sweatshop in Bangladesh, and her manager Peg (played by Jessica Henwick), both of whom are told by Miles to issue a formal apology, effectively ending their careers. Lastly, Andi Brand (played by Janelle Monáe) is invited despite being the formal business partner of Miles. Mysteriously, however, Benoit Blanc (played by Daniel Craig) is also invited to the murder mystery despite Miles not sending him a wooden box.

Throughout the movie, tensions between the group of friends and Andi build up until Duke mysteriously dies in front of everyone. It is up to Blanc to solve who killed Duke and what their motive was. As it turns out, things are not so clear, as everyone present on this private island has motives of their own.

The movie’s plot is solid, as every character has believable motives and interesting personalities. The actors all do an outstanding job. There was no where in the movie that I felt an actor did not fit the scene or character. The film does leave something to be desired, however, when comparing it to its 2019 predecessor. The original Knives Out has less of a linear direction than its sequel. The original focuses more on Blanc interviewing people to try and create a story of what actually happened rather than Blanc being present for the murder. The audience has less connection to Blanc than in the original movie because Blanc is no longer an outsider to the events that took place, rather is a component of it.

Overall, I would highly recommend this movie to anyone wanting plot twists because there are a lot!