(a film review by Mark R. Leeper)

GLASS ONION--A KNIVES OUT MYSTERY is a sequel to the 2019 film KNIVES OUT. We saw the first film three years ago, and thought it mildly entertaining, and that covers this as well.

This starts with a series of puzzles, but after the first couple, they are shown as mere snippets. One has to do with the Fibonacci sequence, and they didn't show you enough of the Fibonacci sequence puzzle; the Fibonacci sequence deserves some respect.

There are a lot of in-jokes and references. Daniel Craig as Benoit Blanc says, "I need danger, a hunt, a challenge"--a fairly obvious reference to Craig's James Bond persona. The film also has the James Bond exotic travel vibe.

The "disruptors" are (one hopes) an exaggeration of the "one percent". Set during the pandemic, the disruptors show all the attitudes of the privileged to masking: one has a mesh mask, a couple wear their masks incorrectly, and a couple have no masks at all. Only Benoit Blanc seems concerned about his mask.

The plot itself is very convoluted, and nothing is what it seems, either to the characters in the movie, or to us. This is a film you need to watch more than once to catch all the twists, turns, and hints.

Released theatrically 23 November 2022 and on Netflix streaming 23 December 2022. Rating: +2 (-4 to +4) or 7/10

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