Rian Johnson reveals 'Glass Onion' twist he originally opposed
Director Afraid To Use 'Horrible Trope' To Describe Ganelle Monet's Character
Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery contains many holes in its mystery donut, and its donut hole has its own hole. In this fresh Benoit Blanc adventure, viewers will experience a mid-movie twist similar to that of its predecessor, Knives Out.
In the original film, viewers are shown the real murderer before even halfway through the film, leading them down a different path entirely, and then back to the original kill - which turns out to be no murder at all. In this sunny tropical sequel, director Rian Johnson opts for another mid-season exposure -- this time with a twist, centered around the character of Andy, played by Janelle Monae.
Andy, betrayed by Edward Norton's Miles Bloom in a brutal business deal, surprises the characters by going on vacation with them shortly after the bitter legal battle, but The truth is much more than that. The reveal tells us that Andy had been killed by Miles earlier, and that her identical twin sister, Helen, took her place in order to find out the real culprit.
In an interview with The Wrap, Johnson admitted he was apprehensive about accomplishing what he described As a "terrible metaphor" involving the secret twin, before it was finally decided that this was the best way forward.
I guess the primary thing was, it can't just be seeing it from a different angle. It has to be enough of a basic perspective shift that there's a new tension that's introduced in the repeat of all the different scenes. This is what led to the idea of twins. By the process, I was dragged kicking and screaming to identical twins. I didn't want to do it, it seemed like a horrible trope. [I thought] 'Will the audience ever forgive me for this? I think we get away with it because it’s not like a reveal at the end – it’s a complication in the middle that leads to a deepening of the stakes and the story.
It was revealed earlier today that both "The Glass Onion" and "The Revenant" dominated Netflix's top 10 list, with the former being the most-watched English-language film on the stream last week. The streamer's most-watched film is currently at 127.25 million hours, with "Glass Onion" trailing only "Red Notice" at 364.02 million hours and "Don't Look Up" at 359.79 million hours -- and it's only been in theaters for 10 days. Chances are, Benoit Blanc will soon be number one in the world.
Knives Out and Glass Onion are now available on Netflix. Check out Collider's interview with director Rian Johnson below.