January 28, 2023 Editor

More than a whodunit: ‘Glass Onion’ examines our complicity in society’s evils

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (2022). Daniel Craig as Detective Benoit Blanc. Cr. John Wilson/Netflix © 2022.

by Mike Jordan Laskey

January 28, 2023

image above: Daniel Craig as Detective Benoit Blanc in “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery” (Netflix/John Wilson© 2022)

WN: We watched this this past week. Pretty disgusting, as seen in a quote from the review highlighted below:

“Glass Onion” pulls off the paradoxical achievements of providing nonstop entertainment while making us examine our complicity in the evils that bring us our entertainment.

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Editor’s note: This review of “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery” discusses the plot twist and ending. If you don’t want any spoilers, read the review with caution.

If “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery” was merely an excuse for some of the best film actors in the world to hang out on a Greek island and play uproarious characters in a silly whodunit movie, that would’ve been enough.

And while “Glass Onion” certainly grabs our attention with popcorn-flick fun and spectacle, it transcends its genre to become a masterwork of social satire. The movie’s targets include megalomaniac billionaires, corrupt politicians, internet influencers, blabbermouthed celebrities, and maybe even all of us watching, too.

As in the original “Knives Out,” Craig’s performance is set against a star-studded ensemble cast playing rich people behaving badly. The richest and worst of them this time around is Miles Bron (Edward Norton), tech billionaire and a stand-in for men like Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg and Donald Trump. He talks in pseudo-intellectual business aphorisms about “true disruption” and “infraction points.” The film’s social commentary revolves around him.

“Glass Onion” pulls off the paradoxical achievements of providing nonstop entertainment while making us examine our complicity in the evils that bring us our entertainment.

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Editor

Wayne Northey was Director of Man-to-Man/Woman-to-Woman – Restorative Christian Ministries (M2/W2) in British Columbia, Canada from 1998 to 2014, when he retired. He has been active in the criminal justice arena and a keen promoter of Restorative Justice since 1974. He has published widely on peacemaking and justice themes. You will find more about that on this website: a work in progress.

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