Film Review: ‘Glass Onion’: Director Rian Johnson Gets Lightning to Strike Twice

PG-13 | 2h 19min | Drama, Comedy, Crime, Thriller | 23 November 2022 (USA)
One of the very few 2019 movies that was not based on an existing intellectual property to enjoy both massive commercial success and universal critical praise was writer-director-co-producer Rian Johnson’s “Knives Out.” He essentially rewrote the murder-mystery playbook.
Rather than rehash the century-old Agatha Christie blueprint for the umpteenth time, Johnson threw everyone for a loop by starting “Knives Out” with a death instead of having one take place halfway through the story. Packed with razor sharp snarky humor, brilliant twists, and air-tight logic, it was an unexpected, out-of-left-field gift.
Not a Sequel
The first of two planned follow-ups, “Glass Onion” (or “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery”) is every bit as satisfying and vicious as its predecessor and thoroughly dodges anything resembling a sophomore slump. It does so by not adhering to a sequel formula, which is good, as it isn’t a sequel….

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