Glass Onion (Rian Johnson)

Started by Robyn, June 13, 2022, 01:00:11 PM

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Jeremy Blackman

Sad to see this subtitled "A Knives Out Mystery" when it's supposed to be "A Benoit Blanc Mystery"... but I get it. And I can't wait.
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WorldForgot

Anyone gonna catch the one-week engagement?

Jeremy Blackman

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It's weird, because my love for Knives Out is profound and all-consuming, but I'm having a really hard time getting hyped for this. Other than Norton and Hahn, the cast is kind of bad, and I don't love the idea of Benoit Blanc, who is at his core a cipher that the audience isn't meant to crack, being the main character. I just get the sense it's going to be the Brothers Bloom (adequate) to Knives Out's Brick (flawless; can do no wrong).

I think more than anything I'm annoyed they passed on the opportunity to give Daniel Craig a different accent in each movie.
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WorldForgot

Hmmm. Will probably be a divisive sequel. For me, it improves on the first one in almost every way. It's also certainly an ensemble with a character central to the mystery that isn't Benoit. So no fear, Polka, Benoit Blanc iz defo not the main character.
(although, I wonder if that point can be debated after the film's been seen more, that might be fun)

A complaint I could see being consistent might be that the film is just too ridiculous. I found that really fun. There's even a
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Magnolia reference
And Kate Hudson & Edward Norton get two of the best roles they've had in a while.

What gets in the way the most for me is actually intrinsic to 'whodunnits,' beats that seem to be in all mysteries of this Christie/Columbo homage structure. But everything that's original to the movie iz a bunch of fun.

Jeremy Blackman

Knives Out is clearly superior in my view (it was my #2 or 3 of that year), but this is still very good. It does get too silly at times, which is its weakness. I appreciate the rigorous mystery plotting all the more, though, because it's so needed.

Benoit Blanc is definitely more centered here than in the original, with tons more screen time, but he still occupies the same role, and it's never really about him.

Edward Norton is one of those actors who rarely works for me. His performance here was characteristically uneven, but my dislike of him transferred well to the character.

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I did not expect this to be the definitive movie about Elon Musk. I'd heard a hint of that going in so kind of had a fun time spotting all the parallels. I wonder how long it would have taken me to figure it out otherwise.


Side note, the cast is ordered very strangely in the end credits. Dave Bautista and Kate Hudson are credited under "and with" after several the most minor supporting characters. Any explanation for this?
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