‘Glass Onion’ Interview: Rian Johnson On The New Wave Of Great Detective Movies, A Third ‘Knives Out’, & More

I met Rian Johnson a long time ago. It wasn’t something I got into with him during our recent interview, although it was alluded to beforehand in my fawning over his criminally underrated The Brothers Bloom. It hasn’t surprised me in the least that Johnson’s popularity over the years has grown, hitting its peak with 2019’s Knives Out, a star-studded murder mystery that introduced the world to Daniel Craig’s southern-fried detective, Benoit Blanc.

Three years and a massive Netflix deal later, Johnson is back with the anticipated sequel, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery. Once again, Craig is back as the bumbling but dogged Blanc, who finds himself swept up in a new mystery involving a group of well-to-do friends on a billionaire’s elaborate island getaway.

What has always attracted me, and undoubtedly millions of others, to Johnson’s work is that he approaches every movie like a fan, then subverts what us fans are expecting to see. Whether he’s turning a teen drama into a film noir (Brick), playing with our notions of the overused time-loop sci-fi thriller (Looper), reimagining the heroic core of Star Wars (The Last Jedi) or using humor to turn the whodunnit on its ear as he did with Knives Out and Glass Onion, Johnson is having as much fun making these films as we are watching them.

It was a treat for me to speak with Johnson about Glass Onion, his part in revitalizing the detective story on the big screen, his thoughts on a third Knives Out, and more. You can check out that interview below!

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery is in theaters now, on Netflix beginning December 23rd.

Travis Hopson
Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.