The mystery is solved. Highly anticipated Netflix movie Glass onion: a tale at loggerheads had an early screening during this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, which means the cat is out of the bag and first impressions are here. The film is a 2019 sequel Knives outwhich was a hit murder mystery written and directed by Rian Johnson. The film was praised for subverting the genre’s common tropes and grossed over $300 million against a budget of $40 million. Netflix has ordered two sequels for the adventures of detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig), with Johnson strapped to the bar of the two.
Once again, the story centers around an intriguing mystery that features a star-studded cast of numerous suspects and victims. This time, Craig is accompanied by Edward Norton, Janelle Monae, Catherine Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., Jessica Henwick, Madelyn Clin, Kate Hudson, Ethan Hawkeand David Bautista.
Even though the details of the sequel are being kept under wraps by Netflix, the promotional campaign does a good job of making us curious to check it out, first with a trailer that suggests this adventure will be on a grander scale, and puzzles introduced not only to the story, but also for fans to understand and get plot clues as we wait for the film’s world premiere in December.
Go in Glass onion: a mystery at loggerheads, the question on everyone’s mind was the same: After crafting such an intriguing, fun, steadily paced and surprising comedy with jaw-dropping twists, would director and screenwriter Johnson be able to outdo himself once again? Critics seem to agree that the answer is a loud and clear “yes”.
The collider’s own Ross Bonaime kicked off the series of early reactions by declaring that Rian Johnson’s new film surpasses the original in every way, and is “bigger, crazier” and “even more twisty” – which is to say something thing, since Knives out took everyone by surprise by having a huge twist in the very first act. With Collider’s Steve Weintraub similarly praising the film as a big hit for Netflix.
Other critics joined the chorus of praise by writing incredibly enthusiastic tweets. “Dance” Dan of Dancin’ Dan at the movies said the film was “superbly crafted” and said it was probably more fun than “anything you’ll see this year”. Jonathan Fuji of The drunk movie highlighted the important fact that each question “got answered as it unfolded”, and called Johnson a master of thrillers who took the genre “down to a science”. David Cuevas of Filmhounds Magazine didn’t hold back and called the film “a modern mystery classic”.
With the difficult task of reprising his acclaimed performance while breathing new life into the role of Detective Benoit Blanc, Daniel Craig also received critical acclaim. Amanda Guraggi of candid cinema wrote that the British actor “shines again” and that his performance is “funnier than before”.
There was also plenty of praise for the sprawling cast of Glass onion: a mystery at loggerheads. Canada movie scene prepares us for the fact that Monáe and Hudson “steal the whole film”, and are already demanding a third film, while Clayton Davis of Variety wrote that Monáe and Norton’s performances “show Rian Johnson’s talent for telling killer stories”.
Netflix Premieres Glass onion: a mystery at loggerheads December 23. You can watch the trailer below: