Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (93%) had an excellent time in commercial theaters before being released on the Netflix platform, a company that has the rights to the franchise to exploit it as much as it likes. The sequel to Between Knives and Secrets (100%) managed to better establish detective Benoit Blanc, played by Daniel Craig, which will help a lot for the next installments. Rian Johnson is quite satisfied with the result and the opportunity to continue exploring this character, but he does not support all of the producer’s decisions when putting together his franchise, as he believes that the film should stand on its own.
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Between Razors and Secrets It was quite a surprise hit that jump-started Ana de Armas’ career and showcased new sides of actors like Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis and Toni Collette. The public was delighted with the mystery and the revelations of the complicated and selfish members of this millionaire family, but the most important thing was that the tape left a very wide path for new stories. The Oscar nomination in the Best Original Screenplay category only served to confirm this and soon there was a fight for the rights to this creation.
In the end, Netflix was the one who won the battle and gave space for rian johnson He got to work at his own pace. The sequel was approved and production began as quickly as possible despite the global pandemic that halted the industry for several months. When the cast of the sequel was revealed, critics and audiences left their agenda free to catch up on all the details of this ambitious new saga. Daniel Craig he repeats as the protagonist, but the mystery takes us to a new world with actors like Edward Norton. Janelle Monae, Kate Hudson, Dave Bautista, and Kathryn Hahn.
Glass Onion Set in the midst of a global pandemic, it sees billionaire Miles Bron organizing a special weekend to meet up with his successful friends, who also have very meaningful careers and keep in touch despite their very different personalities. Private investigator Benoit Blanc is also invited to the party, but when Bron assures him that the invitation did not come from him, suspicions begin that someone close to him might want to end his life. Of course, the friendship is more superficial than it is believed and everyone has reasons to fear and hate Bron, which makes solving the mystery very difficult.
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The sequel received rave reviews, some even calling it superior to the first installment, while others believe it helps better set the director’s pace and style for future installments in the franchise, which is also clearly a commercial success. Although all these things are great news for the director, rian johnson he feels some resentment for the very title of the film and it is that the addition of “A Knives Out Mystery” seems out of place and a totally unnecessary move to create the saga.
In interview with The Atlantic (via Variety), the director explained his annoyance:
I have worked very hard to make them autonomous. Honestly, I’m mad that we have ‘A Knives Out Mystery’ in the title. Do you know? I want it to be called simply ‘Glass Onion’.
I get it, and I want everyone who liked the first movie to know that this is the next in the series, but also, the thing that draws me in is that every time it’s a new novel to grab off the shelf. But there is a gravity of a thousand suns towards serialized storytelling.
rian johnson also explain that you don’t want to drag the title of Between Razors and Secrets because it is no longer thematically related to the sequel, and neither will it be with the following projects, since only the figure of the private investigator is what unites them. Both the director and Craig have a contract for a third film, which will surely start production quickly, as Netflix will not miss the opportunity to fully exploit the character. Just as we can expect a top-notch cast, the title will almost certainly remain in the same relationship, unless the company changes its mind and alters the name of Glass Onion inside your platform at some point.
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