Glass Onion

Glass Onion

2022 American film by Rian Johnson
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  • Miles, tries to look like Tom Cruise's character in Magnolia. This further reveals that Miles is incapable of creating ideas for himself and tries really hard to put on appearances. Other cases are him trying to look like he can play guitar when people visit his island or of course that he hired people to create the murder mystery but took credit for part of the film.
  • Daniel Craig (Benoit Blanc) plays the white character in Among Us (2018). "Blanc" is French for "white".
  • In Knives Out (2019) one of the police detectives speaks enthusiastically of the stage version of Hamilton (2020). Leslie Odom Jr. (Lionel Touissant) played Aaron Burr in both the stage and the movie versions.
  • Benoit later describes himself as being "very bad at dumb things" when discussing Clue. The ultimately "simple" mystery is able to confound both Benoit and Helen, who were expecting a much more complicated murder mystery when investigating Andi's death.
  • Body Count: 2, the exact same as Knives Out.
  • Cassandra "Andi" Brand and her sister, Helen, share names with prominent women in the myth of the Trojan War. Not only is this appropriate for a story set in Greece, the names act as foreshadowing. Cassandra, a Trojan princess, was given the gift of prophecy by the god Apollo yet was also cursed by him so that she would never be believed, and thus her attempt to warn her countrymen against the Trojan Horse is ignored; likewise, Andi's co-ownership of Alpha Industries and her concerns about Klear are dismissed. Helen, in the myth, started the Trojan War by deserting her husband, King Menelaus of Sparta, for the Trojan prince, Paris, ultimately causing the fall of Troy; her namesake takes a more active role in bringing down the financial empire of Miles Bron. Also note the family name, Brand, as in firebrand.
  • Noah Segan plays Derol in this movie. He previously played Trooper Wagner in Knives Out (2019). He is a regular in Rian Johnson's movies.
  • Having Dame Angela Lansbury and Stephen Sondheim appear in the same video call with Benoit Blanc is not a coincidence. Lansbury and Sondheim had been good friends for decades before this scene was filmed, and Lansbury created the role of Mrs. Lovett in the original Broadway production of Sondheim's Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (1982). It was Sondheim who got Lansbury to cameo in this film, telling Rian Johnson, "Oh, Angie - I'm friends with her. Tell her I'm doing it. She'll do it."
  • Despite playing his mother, Jackie Hoffman is only 8 years older than Dave Bautista.
  • It has been reported in the press that had this film been given a standard theatrical release like its predecessor, it would have ended up taking around $300 million worldwide, a healthy profit for the distributors. However Netflix only let this film have any kind of theatrical release in order to get publicity and generate word of mouth prior to its streaming debut. To sweeten the deal with the cinema chains, they agreed to let the cinemas keep 60% of the box office takings (it's usually around 40%). While Netflix has refused to lengthen the initial theatrical release window, they have said that the film may get another theatrical release window several weeks after the streaming debut (possibly in February 2023, as there are often slim pickings for a crowd-pleasing film at that time of year).
  • Miles' company/brand is called Alpha because he's the leader of the pack that everyone obeys without question. In other words, the Alpha of the Disruptors. However, the idea of wolf pack "alphas" is a dated scientific concept which reflects wolf hierarchies in captivity rather than in the wilderness (where the power balance is more community-oriented and equitable). Similarly, Bron's leadership of the group was stolen from Andi and maintained through money and veiled threats, not any meaningful degree of personal charisma, authority, or camarederie. This talk of "alphas" also associates him with MRAs like Duke and the dubiously scientific claims about biology or hierarchy the movement often espouses, showing that despite seeming to be a leftist on paper (as he bankrolls Claire's campaign, which with its focus on green energy and her fear of being associated with an MRA seems to be on the left) he's comparable to Duke in many ways, with both men hawking ideas about being revolutionary and powerful that end up being shams.
  • In Knives Out, Daniel Craig starred alongside Ana De Armas who also starred as a Bond Girl. In this film, Daniel Craig stars alongside Dave Bautista who also starred as a Bond Villain.
  • In what is possibly a tribute to the standard ending in Daniel Craig's other franchise (James Bond), the villain's lair is blown up in the end.
  • Moments before receiving Miles's invitation, Blanc says outright "I don't need puzzles or games, the last thing I need is a vacation". Of course, a box with children's puzzles and an invitation to a phony murder game on a private island would not interest Blanc, hinting that whatever came to his door that day was actually a real mystery to solve.
  • The Mona Lisa (Italian: Gioconda, Monna Lisa) is an oil on poplar panel of 77 cm × 53 cm (30 in × 21 in) in size and is located at the Musée du Louvre, 75001 Paris, France and was painted by Leonardo Da Vinci in c.1503-1506.
  • Miles claims he had a grand speech followed by a sudden blackout as part of the murder mystery. Except that would be poor writing, since Miles would have been "killed" well before 10 pm. Tellingly reinforcing his basic character flaw of being unable to implement others' ideas on his own without obvious practical and logical flaws.
  • One of the first major American movies released to acknowledge the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown of 2020 within its story.
  • On October 6, 2022, Netflix announced that it had struck a deal with AMC, Regal, and Cinemark to release this film in theaters for one week starting on November 23 in about 600 theaters in the United States and overseas, making this the first Netflix film to be screened by all three theater chains.
  • It's fitting (and doubly ironic) that Miles chose to play "Blackbird" as the guests arrived upon the dock. It's a set up for the murder mystery he had planned - Birdie mentions it's "her song." It's likely to be the first clue. Blackbird's guitar accompaniment is a reharmonised adaptation of Johann Sebastian Bach Bourrée in E minor, alluding to Bron's tendency to take others' ideas and appropriate them as his own. Paul McCartney and John Lennon also attempted to learn the song as a "show-off" piece, reinforcing Miles' desire to appear wicked cultured (morally evil) without putting in actual effort. The subject matter of the song, according to Paul McCartney, was at least partially reflecting upon the Civil Rights unrest in 1968, which can also tie back to Bron (a white man) swindling Andi (a black woman) out of her own company.
  • In both this film and the first Knives Out film, the murderer played a Marvel hero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Chris Evans as Captain America: The First Avenger (2011) and Edward Norton as The Incredible Hulk (2008). Also Dave Bautista is Drax in the MCU and the hot sauce that Miles has was a gift from Jeremy Renner who plays Hawkeye.
  • Final film of Stephen Sondheim and Dame Angela Lansbury, who appear briefly in a Zoom video call during Benoit's first scene. Rian Johnson is a fan of Sondheim's film The Last of Sheila (1973), which was an influence on this film.
  • The Disruptors seem friendly at first, but they all turned their back on Andi once it became clear that they'd be better off supporting Miles. After Helen destroys Miles' reputation, the Disruptors all turn their back on Miles.
  • In the flashback where Andi tells Miles about the dangers of Klear, Miles wears jeans and a black turtleneck, an outfit frequently sported by Steve Jobs. In that scene, Andi says "The reality distortion field ends here," and Apple software developer Bud Tribble used the term "reality distortion field" to describe Jobs' ability to get others to believe whatever he wanted them to. The term originated in Star Trek: The Menagerie: Part I (1966).
  • As Miles is handing out drinks to his guests, he says "pick your poison." This foreshadows his use of a drink to poison Duke.
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