Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

The world’s silliest-named detective is back! But enough about Enola Holmes 2.

Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) is off on a busman’s holiday in this nonsensical sequel to 2019’s Knives Out, the surprise hit at the epicentre of a whodunnit revival (See How They Run) and an “obnoxious rich people” cycle (Triangle of Sadness). And thanks to a combination of complacence and cartoonishness, the once-fresh comedy looks to be following trends it actually helped to set.

Essentially The Menu meets Bodies Bodies Bodies, Glass Onion sees billionaire arsehole Miles Bron (Edward Norton) host a deadly parlour game on his private island. Bron’s guests include his inexplicably invited spurned business partner (Janelle Monáe) and the not-actually-invited detective Blanc, whose unexplained presence at a murder mystery party goes virtually unnoticed.

No one expects watertight plotting from the genre, but for all its campery Knives Out had tangible logic and clearly defined characters. Here the explanations are garbled nonsense and half-baked characters change their motivations mid-scene, repeating the same jokes (Bron’s namedropping grows thin by the 10th time) for two hours and 20 minutes with a level of wit that makes Clue look like Clueless.

Netflix infuses Glass Onion with its hollow stench of smugness, reducing a rare original to a homogenously wacky comedy with delusions of importance (Don’t Look Up). The costly decision to put Blanc’s return in cinemas for only one week suggests Netflix was worried that people would cancel their subscriptions before watching it. They should have been worried about after.

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