A Reaction to the New 'Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery' Trailer

The anticipated sequel to Rian Johnson's Knives Out sees Daniel Craig return as investigator Benoit Blanc

Emma Benton
22nd October 2022
Image Credit: IMDb
Upon first watching the trailer and exclusive clip of ‘Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery’, my initial expectations of a sequel to the first film (starring Ana de Armas and Chris Evans) were entirely exceeded by the introduction of a completely new cast, plot, and setting. In my opinion, whilst this would sadly mean saying ‘Goodbye’ to the loveable and entertaining characters of the first film, it would also allow an exploration into completely new, unique, and unforeseen plotlines and plot twists.

I am also intrigued by the cast of the film, and how it seems to be a combination of actors who are mostly known for portraying characters in different genres of film. For example, Dave Bautista is best known for playing Drax in Marvel’s action packed ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ films, whilst Madelyn Cline made her debut as an actress in Netflix’s mystery, teenage drama series Outer Banks. In my opinion, this combination of seemingly ‘random’ actors makes the film even more interesting as we are provided an insight into each actor’s range, and how they approach different genres.

In terms of the films plot, and how, according to the film’s director Rian Johnson, “the mystery begins when a group of old friends all receive an unexpected invitation in the form of an intricate puzzle box. But what starts as a game, turns into something much more nefarious.”, I find it interesting that one can find deciphers and links to books such as Dan Brown’s ‘The DaVinci Code’ and Agatha Christie’s ‘And Then There Were None’ embedded in the trailer.

I also find it intriguing that the actual plot devices aren’t revealed in the trailer; for example, whether there has been a murder or not- although there are hints that the person who invited the “group of old friends” to his private island wants them to compete to “solve the mystery of [his] murder”, there is no additional mention or showing of him in the trailer. This contrasts the first film in which the trailer immediately reveals the death of Harlan Thrombey by asking each of the family members about “the night of his demise.” This, in my opinion, helps build the tension and sense of mystery, in a way that causes the watcher to “go in blind” when watching the film.

What I also like about the trailer of ‘Glass Onion’ is, despite it being a new story with a new cast, it provides a sense of continuity by including Daniel Craig’s character Detective Benoit Blanc, and aspects of the first film, for example the gradually developing and quickening music. These continued and replicated aspects, in my opinion, help distinguish the sequel to the original by highlighting the differences between the plots, for example the settings, and even dynamics between the characters. In the first film, it mainly focused on the toxic family dynamics between a rich family hoping to be a part of the victim’s will. However, in the trailer of the sequel, it is highlighted that the characters are “a group of old friends”, something which will affect both the dynamics between each character as well as the plot of the film.

Whilst I am excited to see ‘Glass Onion’, one key difference between the first and the second film is that the first one was a completely original and ‘never seen before’ detective drama. In other words, the first film will be hard to follow, and its fans’ expectations will be difficult to surpass.

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