By: Sarah Jess
The Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery director walks VF through the scene that set everything in motion, highlighting the importance of color and costuming in the hit sequel.by Sarah Jess
Rian Johnson Breaks Down Glass Onion’s “Arrival” Scene
The first meetup of the starry ensemble was “day one, shot one” for the hit sequel, says Johnson, which premiered in theaters on November 23 for a limited theatrical release and is now available to stream on Netflix. Glass Onion is intentionally a far cry from the original Knives Out and features a new color palette, “the blues and yellows of summer in Greece with beautiful swimwear,” says Johnson, rather than the “cozy brown, New England sweaters” of the original.
‘If we run out, we’re screwed’: The making of that shocking ‘Glass Onion’ scene
At the heart of billionaire tech mogul Miles Bron’s (Edward Norton) garish Greek-island mansion lies a trophy room with dozens of glass statues as fragile as the ego and as transparent as the motives of their nefarious owner. In “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery,” Miles is eager to show off his shiny art collection to his posse of morally corrupt friends after inviting them to a murder-mystery party at his private Mediterranean estate.
“At that point, it had been several months of us filming on this set where everyone is terrified, tiptoeing around these delicate glass structures on pedestals, not wanting to knock them over,” Johnson told The Times last month at the Los Angeles premiere of “Glass Onion.”
Warning: the following contains spoilers for Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery.
Like the titular glass onion, this mystery has layers. But also like the titular onion, this mystery is fairly transparent about its culprit. We just have to make our way past all the distraction to see the murderer for who they truly are. Let’s put on our best Southern drawls in honor of Benoit Blanc and break it down.