Meaning of ‘Glass Onion’ as Rian Johnson Reveals Knives Out 2 Title

Rian Craig Johnson, the American Filmmaker on June 13 announced the title of Knives Out 2 title which is ‘Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery’. It is a sequel to the famous 2019 mystery film Knives Out. But fans are wondering about the title of the film. What is the meaning of ‘Glass Onion’ as there is a Beatles song with the same name? Is it related to that somehow?


Synopsis of Knives Out 2019 Movie

Knives Out is a 2019 Netflix film of the mystery genre. Rian Johnson is the director and writer. Here Daniel Craig is the protagonist who is a private detective named Benoit Blanc. The story of the movie revolves around the death of a crime novelist named Harlan Thrombey. The death was pretty mysterious. Also, the murder suspect is from the Thrombey family. Now, Benoit has to uncover the truth from all the lies spoken by the family members.

Top cast members of Knives Out:

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

Rian Johnson Reveals Knives Out 2 Title ‘Glass Onion’

On June 13, the famous American director, writer, and filmmaker Rian Johnson tweeted a 20 seconds clip on Twitter. He said “Benoit Blanc’s next case, the follow-up to Knives Out is called GLASS ONION.”

Fans knew previously that Knives Out 2 is coming. But expected that Knives Out 2 will be the title of the sequel Netflix movie. But Rian decided to go with Glass Onion. However, the 20-second clip mainly shows a detective lens revealing the movie name Glass Onion written in a golden-colored font. Also, the teaser contains the top cast members of the movie. That also includes a text that “Benoit Blanc is back this holiday season”. Here, of course, Benoit Blanc is the private detective played by none other than Daniel Craig, who is well-known worldwide for James Bond movies. This time Benoit Blanc is here to solve a new case in Knives Out 2.

Top cast members of Knives Out 2 or Glass Onion:

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Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery
Image: Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (From: Netflix)

What is the Meaning of Glass Onion?

There are many possibilities for the meaning of the title. We will explore a few of them.

Firstly, if you look closely you can see the teaser contains a monocle(a single eyeglass). And there exists a British slang where monocle is called Glass Onion. This can be a meaning but it is pretty unlikely though.

Secondly, we know there exists a famous Beatles song named Glass Onion. Which came out in 1968 and was trending at that time. In the 1960s Beatles were at the top of their career. And fans were pretty obsessed with overanalyzing their songs. For this reason, the songwriter John Lennon created this Glass Onion song to make the fans puzzled. Even in 1970, John told Rolling Stone “Yeah, I was having a laugh because there’d been so much gobbledegook about Pepper, play it backward and you stand on your head and all that”.

So this song was made to confuse the people who will try to look for hidden meanings. Keeping this in mind, we can say Rian Johnson may have played the same trick with the title of the Knives Out 2. Instead of giving a straightforward title like Knives Out, he kept the title Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery intentionally to confuse the fans who will try to find the hidden meaning of the title.

Thirdly, if we think in a straightforward manner then we can find a simpler meaning of the title. We know that this is a detective mystery movie. And what we have, Glass Onion. Onions do have multiple layers in them. And glass represents the truth uncovering capability of a detective. Therefore the meaning of Glass Onion could be that the detective will uncover the truth from multiple layers of lies. Also, this explanation fits both the mudder mystery movie genre and the mysterious complexity of Rian’s latest story. Benoit Blanc will deal with all this complexity in the movie.

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