Movie Review: the Glass Onion

This week, I watched the Glass Onion. I’ve been seeing a lot of screenshots, thoughts, gifs, and other media concerning this movie since it came out and I was curious to watch it.

I wanted to like this movie. I enjoyed Knives Out very much and this was set in the same world with the same main detective, Benoit Blanc (played by Daniel Craig). The stories are not connected and the events of Knives Out are not mentioned, so they can both easily be stand alone movies. And I really, really wanted to like this movie. Janelle Monae’s character was absolutely fantastic and I enjoyed finding out more about her as the movie progressed.

But I didn’t love this movie as I was hoping I would.

Why?

I think most of my dissatisfaction with this movie is that the main villain, billionaire Miles Bron (played by Edward Norton) murdered two women with his own two hands and basically nothing would happen to him. He didn’t contract the deaths. He didn’t order someone else to do it. He did it himself. But those murders aren’t going to have any negative consequences for him at all. In fact, justice isn’t really served to him by the end of the movie. Unlike the end of Knives Out where you see the family moving out of the house, there is no final satisfaction for the Glass Onion. There’s no scene showing Bron going to jail or the entire “Disruptor” crew back in the courthouse. As a viewer, I know the “Disruptors” won’t actually have the internal fortitude to go back on the stand and admit they perjured themselves.

Sure, Bron incurred massive financial damage to an island he owns, and his reputation might take a hit for the destruction of important, loaned out/rented art work, but he’s a billionaire with all the lawyers a billionaire can buy. He’ll buy off whoever he needs to and his life won’t actually change in any drastic way.

He is never really brought to justice and as much as this movie intended to show idiot billionaires getting their comeuppance in the end, I live in the real world where that’s just a fantasy. In the real world, the rich control all the resources and there really aren’t any serious consequences when the excessively rich destroy other people’s lives or even the entire planet. They are allowed to just keep buying laws and doing whatever they want.

So the fact that Bron is never actually shown having real consequences at the end of the movie made me not nearly as happy with this movie as I would have liked. I would have liked to actually see Bron and the “Disruptors” losing in court or even going to jail. But instead, we just got some implied potential justice and pretty fireworks.

Overall, I would rate this movie as a two on my scale. If someone else was watching it, I would watch it with them, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to watch it again.

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About C.A. Jacobs

Just another crazy person, masquerading as a writer.
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