Knives Out is a hard act to follow. The 2019 murder mystery set in a wealthy New England suburb was a critical and commercial success, garnering a Best Original Screenplay Oscar nomination and $311 million in box office sales on a $40 million budget. Based on those outsized returns, Netflix Inc. paid a reported $450 million for the rights to two sequels to the film. Then it was up to director Rian Johnson to recreate his early success.
There’s no sophomore slump here. Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery is a crowd-pleasing delight of a whodunit, with a few moments of genuine introspection amid some nearly too-clever dialogue. The only returning character from the first Knives Out is gentlemen detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig), who sports a fabulous wardrobe and an incongruous Southern accent. (Goodbye, Mr. Bond.)