Peeling back the layers


Kenzie Mehl, Staff Writer

Rumored to have been even scarier than Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery made its on-screen debut on November 23. The movie was put in the genre of Thriller. In my opinion, nothing about this movie was thrilling it wasn’t even suspenseful.

 It’s a murder mystery movie following a friend group in 2020. 

Politician Claire Debella (Kathryn Hahn), ex-model Birdie Jay (Kate Hudson), scientist Lionel Toussaint(Leslie Odom Jr.), Birdies assistant Peg (Jessica Henwick), the influencer Duke Cody (Dave Bautista), and Dukes girlfriend Whiskey (Madelyn Cline). Are invited to a private island to participate in a murder mystery game by their friend billionaire tech entrepreneur Miles Bron (Edward Norton). Miles has helped the group become who they are and brought them up a step in the world, so they all feel like they owe him their gratitude and respect. 

The group meets at a dock and unexpectedly there is someone they don’t know waiting for the same boat. Detective Beniot Blanc played by Daniel Craig. No one had any idea a famous detective was coming for a murder mystery game. He is going to be a hard one to beat. 

Before docking the boat there is another unexpected arrival. Andi Brand, played by Janelle Monae, is an ex-member of their little group, but no one knows why because they refuse to bring it up. But Andi makes it very clear that she came to finally get the truth.

The movie is compared a lot to the board game “Clue” and I would agree. This movie is a slow-paced murder mystery that goes from a game to real life. Eight people who all have a good reason to be the killer are stuck on an island questioning each other. What could go wrong?

When I watched the first Knives Out movie I was sitting on the edge of my seat the entire time. Every time I thought I had figured something out there was a plot twist that left me speechless. It was suspenseful, jaw-dropping, and intense. The ending was something I never saw coming. It kept me engaged and interested throughout the entire movie. It was everything I expected from the sequel but unfortunately, my expectations did not succeed. 

Mystery, secrets, and betrayal: those three things are a recipe for disaster. I have been waiting to watch this highly- anticipated movie since it was announced. But, unfortunately, it was a let down. Nothing exciting really happened until the end. There was a lot of build-up and nothing really came from it.

It was extremely predictable the entire time. There were times when they would foreshadow, but they made it so obvious what was going to happen. Overall I would not recommend this if you’re looking for a fast-paced, exciting, suspenseful movie.