February 4, 2023

[Editor’s note: The following contains spoilers for Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery.]

Central to Glass Onion is the character of tech billionaire Miles Bron (Edward Norton), whose invitation to a small Greek island is what kicks off Rian Johnson’s new whodunnit. When Miles’s associates — his “stunning disruptors” — arrive at Miles’ island with an sudden plus-one within the type of legendary detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig), all they’re anticipating is a protracted weekend of leisure, with a promised murder-mystery recreation to maintain issues energetic.

However the actual homicide thriller to be solved isn’t the Gillian Flynn-penned romp that Miles has deliberate, however the sudden demise of MRA lunkhead Duke Cody (Dave Bautista). There’s additionally the reveal that days earlier, Miles’ former enterprise accomplice Andi Model (Janelle Monáe) was additionally discovered useless, main her twin sister Helen (additionally Monáe) to enlist Benoit’s assist in discovering out who was accountable.

Miles, it seems, was the assassin in each circumstances, which Benoit Blanc reveals with disgust as a result of Miles’ different crime is being painfully, painfully dumb. It’s one thing Norton performs brilliantly, giving lengthy speeches about “infraction factors” and “the complete reclamation of every thing I’ve achieved so far,” whereas his staff and allies freak out over his obsession with an “eco-friendly” gasoline supply that would actually blow up the world. However regardless of the character’s innate surety, Miles’ idiocy can’t be suppressed, whilst he makes use of all the trimmings of being a straight cis white man with cash to seem in any other case.

Which makes the arrival of Glass Onion eerie timing, as a result of at this second, the Web is getting to observe one other straight cis white man with cash be revealed as not the brightest. What Glass Onion is actually all about is subversion — subversion of quirky clue-heavy thriller field tales, for one factor. Nevertheless it’s additionally received its knives out for the Miles Brons of the world, together with one tech billionaire who has been within the information fairly a bit not too long ago.

Because the movie’s arrival on Netflix on December twenty third, individuals have been utilizing Elon Musk’s Twitter to debate the connections between Miles and Musk (that’s, when Twitter has been working). Johnson has acknowledged the similarities in an interview with Wired, whereas additionally clarifying that “there’s a variety of common stuff about that type of species of tech billionaire that went immediately into it.” That is to say, it’s not meant to be a direct riff on Musk — as a substitute, Musk is simply a part of a trope that he occurs to outline very properly proper now, a person with an excessive amount of confidence and too little expertise to again it up.

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Thriller (Netflix)

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