I had the chance to assist to the World Premiere of Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery at the Toronto International Film Festival last weekend. Joined on the stage was the whole cast, and saw Daniel Craig himself! It was a pretty amazing experience.
The premiere was at the Princess of Wales Theatre and it’s such a beautiful view, to be seated on the Dress Circle looking at the projection. It’s an amazing feeling.Before the movie starts, we had the chance to get a little speech from the director himself Rian Johnson that kickstarts the event.
Now the hardest part, as with any advance review for books or movies, is to not spoil it for the future audience, especially a movie like the Sequel* to Knives Out. Anyone who watched the first movie, knows that it’s a good old murder mystery. So not spoiling this movie is a MUST. I will try to make it as fair as possible, so bare with me.
The adventure of Benoit Blanc continues during a time where the pandemic is still on full force, masks, people working at home and Benoit Blanc himself is quite bored with his life. He mysteriously receives an invitation to a gathering event surrounding by the the elites of the world. Mysteries, puzzles will be waiting for the audience but what’s more in the sequel that the first one lacks, is how distinct each character is. For that reason, I dare say that I much preferred the sequel. I have to give a special shoutout to Janelle Monae’s impressive acting skill! The ensemble cast had a real energy, connection and chemistry that when it was time for the Q&A, you find out that they actually hang out together and plays murder mystery, makes all the sense in the world.
Glass Onion is a fun ride, from beginning to the end, the characters come to life in the funniest way and I absolutely loved the easter eggs here and there. I laughed, I was intrigued, and there are a lot of plot twists. As a huge fans of twists in my stories in general, Rian Jonhson gave me everything I need in a typcial whodunnit environment. Taking inspiration from Agatha Christie, The Beatles, Clue, Rian Johnson has made an impressive modern take on a timeless theme : human relations, tricks, jealousy, desire.
*Johnson made it clear that Glass Onion was not a continuation of its predecessor but a standalone film featuring a new story and cast, a bit like Hercule Poirot.