Glass Onion: Rian Johnson’s sequel to his own whodunit follows the detective of that film, as he is invited to a weekend on a Greek island where a group of friends is hosted by a tech billionaire. There are secrets and intrigue aplenty and, eventually, a murder or more to investigate. Now, while this one is a whodunit, it is barely one, and it eventually turns into something else which is not as engaging. The cast is evidently having lots of fun, and that’s compounded by the numerous cameos the film has. Daniel Craig is very funny as the terribly competent Southern detective. Janelle Monáe, as the ex-friend who is a fish out of the water, is the best of the bunch. Kathryn Hahn, Kate Hudson, Leslie Odom Jr., Edward Norton, and Dave Bautista play the core group of friends, an unlikeable and entitled band, with great efficiency. The film is naturally quite well-made, but the highlight is the work of production designer Rick Heinrichs: the house (and surroundings) is gorgeous, filled with gaudy touches, making it very particular and memorable as a whole. Cinematographer Steve Yedlin also achieves a handful of visually striking shots.
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