Should you watch Knives Out before Glass Onion on Netflix?

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (2022). Daniel Craig as Detective Benoit Blanc. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2022.
Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (2022). Daniel Craig as Detective Benoit Blanc. Cr. Courtesy of Netflix © 2022. /

As far as crime films go, the murder mystery subgenre is one that draws audiences in as they attempt to unravel who the killer is among an array of potential suspects. Creative genius Rian Johnson — writer, director, and producer — now has two successful whodunit films under his belt, with his first, Knives Out, releasing in 2019, and the second installment in the franchise, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mysterywhich hit theaters on November 23, 2022.

Knives Out centers around a family who live in the home of their wealthy relative, Harlan Thrombey (Christopher Plummer), who passes away abruptly under suspicious circumstances. This leads to well-known detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) being recruited to uncover the truth behind the crime.

The talent featured in the film includes Daniel Craig, Toni Collette, Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Jamie Lee Curtis, Don Johnson, Michael Shannon, Jaeden Martell, Katherine Langford, and more. Knives Out received rave reviews for its exceptional performances among the cast, clever storyline, and shocking plot twists.

Much like its predecessor, Glass Onion has an impressive lineup of actors, with the return of Daniel Craig as Blanc and a new cast, including Kate Hudson, Edward Norton, Dave Bautista, Janelle Monáe, Jessica Henwick, Kathryn Hahn, Madelyn Cline, and Leslie Odom Jr., among others.

The newly released murder mystery takes place in Greece, where billionaire Miles Bron (Edward Norton) invites his friends to partake in his yearly hosted murder mystery game, though, in classic Knives Out fashion, nothing is ever quite as it seems. The film currently has a 93 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, showcasing another successful creation from the talented Johnson.

Viewers who have not seen either of the films can’t help but wonder if you have to watch Knives Out before Glass Onion, so is it necessary to view them in order? Find out below!

Do you need to watch Knives Out before Glass Onion?

Simply put, no. Though Daniel Craig reprises his role as Benoit Blanc in Glass Onion, he is the only returning cast member from the original film. As a highly sought-after detective, Blanc is recruited by individuals worldwide to solve complex murder cases. Knives Out and Glass Onion both present Blanc with a complex murder mystery to solve, but the cases are entirely unrelated, with each film having a different cast of characters.

Netflix has also signed up for a third installment in the franchise, so viewers can look forward to another movie in the Knives Out universe at some point in the future.

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery is now streaming on Netflix.

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