The mystery is on as we wait for the Netflix premiere Glass onion: a mystery at loggerheadsand with that comes a new set of clues for fans – no, really, we all have our own puzzles to solve before the movie premieres because director and screenwriter Rian Johnson really loves it.
If you head to KnivesOutMystery.comyou will be prompted to solve a sliding picture puzzle to assemble the Glass Onion logo, and it tells you how many moves you need to solve it. Do I hate that my first attempt landed me 210 shots? Yes. I will try to reduce this number over the next two weeks, as I need to reduce it to less than 100 if it is the last thing I do.
But once you’ve solved the puzzle, it prompts you to unlock the next puzzle, and you get a video of Daniel Craig as Benoit Blanc standing by a pool in a fun outfit, splashing water and walking away. And for now, it’s your freebie until the next riddle drops on September 24. What it did, however, is that my detective tendencies grew, and now I’m obsessed with solving these puzzles until the release of Glass Onion.
The mystery is ours
I talked about it in my trailer breakdown, but one of the most fascinating aspects of the Glass Onion marketing versus what has been done for Knives out is that the actual solving of the murder and the games therein are more active than throwing us into a murder mystery as if we were an observer and a reader – which I believe is intentional given the characters that we follow.
I’m not convinced that anyone actually died in Glass Onion given what we know about this group of people and their obsessions with puzzles and mysteries (from what the trailer showed us), what if they sold me a movie where someone died and White thought he was solving a murder, only to be part of a bigger game? I would believe it.
More than that, I just like the active nature that Glass Onion seems to feed and while Knives out is one of my favorite movies of all time, it lends itself to being more passive for audiences as it centers around a mysterious murderer and his own mysterious death.
For this story, adding puzzles already makes it more active in my imagination in a way that makes me less invested in the characters I’ll meet and more interested in the puzzle I have to solve (which, again times, feels like the opposite of what I felt for Knives out, so it’s a brilliant strategy in my humble opinion).
What do the puzzles lead to?
I feel like we’ll have four puzzles in total, if the board that’s revealed has anything to say about it. And if so, then we can take a look at the film at all four stops (we don’t know yet if it will be Benoit Blanc in all of them).
Maybe that will end up being the full trailer release at the end, or maybe puzzles will continue to be released until the movie’s release date. No matter what, we’re ready to solve our own puzzles and mysteries to get excited Onion of glass: a mystery at loggerheads, and I think that’s exactly what Benoit Blanc would have wanted.
(featured image: Netflix)
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