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‘Glass Onion’ sharpens the ‘Knives Out’ formula in a polished Netflix sequel

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Rising to the problem of matching its successful predecessor, “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Thriller” maintains the razor-sharp method, with a setup that feels much more conspicuously like an Agatha Christie homage earlier than a particularly intelligent sequence of twists kick in. Author-director Rian Johnson once more assembles a stable solid behind Daniel Craig, nevertheless it’s his use of language – the place nary a phrase is wasted – that lastly provides the sequel its edge.

Netflix opportunistically stepped as much as purchase the “Knives Out” franchise and, departing from its normal “Stroke the filmmakers’ egos” strategy to theatrical distribution, will really give the film a large one-week-only launch earlier than it hits the streaming service in late December. Most individuals will most likely nonetheless wait to eat it within the consolation of their properties, however for individuals who do make the leap, it definitely performs nicely with an appreciative viewers.

After the household dynamics in “Knives Out,” which gave everybody a motive to kill off the patriarch, Johnson tries his hand in a special setting, with an eccentric billionaire, Miles Bron (Edward Norton), inviting his outdated posse of buddies to a murder-mystery getaway (throughout Covid, no much less) on his secluded Greek isle, the place they’ll be tasked with fixing his “homicide.”

The sport, nonetheless, takes an surprising flip, beginning with the invitation to Craig’s grasp detective Benoit Blanc, who stays sensible and odd in near-equal measure.

As for the eclectic roster of company/potential killers (and/or victims), they embody a clothier/social-media free cannon (Kate Hudson) and her companion (Jessica Henwick), a health influencer (Dave Bautista) and his girlfriend/sidekick (Madelyn Cline), a scientist (Leslie Odom Jr.), a politician (Kathryn Hahn), and most intriguingly, Miles’ estranged former enterprise companion (Janelle Monáe).

Though the most recent film clearly lacks the sense of discovery that greeted the unique – and even turned Chris Evans’ sweater into essential merchandise (Chris Evans not included), Johnson is sensible sufficient to acknowledge that whereas that is about reloading, not reinventing, the change in venues can nonetheless refresh the method.

Craig, furthermore, is clearly having a ball with this new signature position, buying and selling in his tuxedos and physicality for a extra cerebral type of crimefighting, with a Hercule Poirot-like reward for eavesdropping and a Foghorn Leghorn Southern twang.

In a type of “Kneel earlier than Zod!” flexes, Netflix reportedly paid a fortune to amass these sequels, which is frankly simply the type of deal that threatens to take a enjoyable little film and screw it up by creating unreasonable expectations.

Fortunately, “Glass Onion” finds new layers to discover, in a manner that makes the prospect of a brand new “Knives Out Thriller” each few years sound like a wonderfully affordable thought, wherever and nonetheless one chooses to eat it.

“Glass Onion: A Knives Out Thriller” premieres November 23 in US theaters and December 23 on Netflix. It’s rated PG-13.

Supply: www.cnn.com

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