If the wait wasn’t killing you all already, let us add more to the misery. Over the weekend, a select group of critics got to see the upcoming Knives Out sequel, Glass Onion...and they are mighty impressed. With 18 reviews so far, the upcoming Netflix movie sits at a comfortable 89 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.
The Rian Johnson-directed sequel has been in high demand ever since 2019’ Knives Out defied all expectations, earning over $300 million against a budget of $40 million. No wonder then, Netflix was quick to pick up the rights to the sequel, which is scheduled for a public release this Christmas.
If you haven’t seen the earlier movie, Knives Out stars Daniel Craig in the lead as a detective, with an array of a revolving cast. Craig, sans the Martini, and with a “unique” southern drawl is tasked to investigate a murder mystery, like a whodunit.
While the last movie had heavy-hitters in its cast like Chris Evans and Ana De Armas, the sequel is set to star names like Edward Norton, Janelle Monáe, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., Jessica Henwick, Madelyn Cline, Kate Hudson, Ethan Hawke, and Dave Bautista. Not too bad, eh?
While details are still scarce, we do know that the mystery this year revolves around a Yacht party thrown by Edward Norton’s character. Which (un)surprisingly goes awry when one of the guests is murdered. But, enough about the plot. Here’s what the critics are saying:
Alison Willmore, Vulture, writes “Glass Onion is bigger and more precisely designed than Knives Out, but what makes it a more satisfying movie is that it sits with its characters more rather than immediately showing off their decay.”
A.A. Dowd, Digital Times, writes “How do you give audiences more of what they liked while still surprising them? Glass Onion is the answer.”
Christopher Schobert, The Film Stage, writes “A film that delights in explaining to its audience all that they have missed, and somehow eliciting smiles rather than sneers.”
While, Brian Tallerico from RogerEbert.com wrote, “It’s all just so much fun. There’s a contagious aspect to the ensemble in that one can easily tell that they just had a blast making this movie on a Greek isle with dialogue as incredibly smart as Johnson’s.”
And Ross Bonaime of Collider noted, “It’s so much fun to watch Johnson in this mode, especially with a cast this relentlessly fun and playful. With Glass Onion, Johnson proves himself to be a film disruptor of the highest order.”