After a limited one-week theatrical release, billed as a ‘sneak preview’, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery dropped on Netflix on Friday, December 23.
Written, directed and produced by Rian Johnson once again, the Knives Out (2019) sequel features another ensemble cast led by Daniel Craig, who’s the only actor to reprise his role from the original, as master detective Benoit Blanc.
Edward Norton is among the newcomers, playing Miles Bron, a billionaire and owner of a large technology company, who some fans think is a parody of Elon Musk. In fact, some of them have already flooded social media with comments about how the character is a direct shot at the new owner and CEO of Twitter.
Comparisons: Edward Norton’s portrayal as Miles Bron in the Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery is being called an Elon Musk parody by growing number of viewers on social media
Taking to Twitter to draw the comparisons between the Bron character and Musk, one user wrote: ‘Bloody hell. Now that I think of it, Edward Norton’s character is so reminiscent of Elon Musk’, which was also reported by NME
Another user tweeted: ‘Damn, real brave of Netflix and Glass Onion to outright call Elon Musk an absolute idiot and still have a Twitter account.’
Someone else seemed to sum up a number of comments by writing,’Is Glass Onion a thinly veiled dig at Elon Musk? [sic]’
Some people wrote their comments by personally directing it at Musk.
‘Elon I saw you in that new film knives out Glass Onion! Fabulous Performance!’ one person tweeted with obvious sarcasm in the words.
‘I enjoyed Glass Onion but it is funny to me that someone was so mad about Elon Musk they made a whole film just to own him,’ someone else wrote.
Ensemble cast: Daniel Craig is the only actor to reprise his role in Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery
Some fans did point out the fact that the film was in production by June 2021, which was about six months before his controversial 2022 kicked-off, and his push to by Twitter shared that amounted to a 9.2% stake by April 2022.
‘So #GlassOnion was made over the course of the last two years or so. How did @rianjohnson and @EdwardNorton so perfectly capture late 2022 @elonmusk?’ One person asked.
And then there were many users who posed the question: ‘Y’all think Elon Musk knows Glass Onion is about him?’
While Norton has not yet commented directly on the Mils Bron- Elon Musk parallels in Glass Onion, the actor did share his interpretation of the character, which again sounds eerily familiar.
‘Miles is the furthest thing from an actual scientist,’ he told Entertainment Weekly. ‘Miles will be highly recognizable to anybody who’s watched the WeWork documentary or the Theranos documentary. He’s high on self-regard and emblematic of the self-appointed tech Illuminati. Miles Bron has never had an original idea at any phase of his life — that’s a good summation of him.’
Parallels: ‘Damn, real brave of Netflix and Glass Onion to outright call Elon Musk an absolute idiot and still have a Twitter account,’ one one user who’s among many who have flooded social media with comparisons between Norton’s Miles Bron and Elon Musk
Along with Craig and Norton, the ensemble cast also stars Edward Norton, Janelle Monáe, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., Jessica Henwick, Madelyn Cline, Kate Hudson and Dave Bautista.
Similar to Knives Out, Glass Onion has received critical acclaim, which includes high praise for its screenplay, direction, performances (Craig, Norton, and Monáe), and the musical score.
The mystery film has already been acknowledged as one of the best films of 2022 by the National Board of Review.
The original Knives Out went on to gross $312.9 million at the box office against a $40 million budget, which is also how much was spent on the follow-up.
In its short run at theaters, the sequel earned $15 million at the box office, but the full tally still remains to be determined.
Again, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery is now streaming on Netflix.
Sarcastic tweets: ‘Elon I saw you in that new film knives out Glass Onion! Fabulous Performance!’; this tweet is one example of viewers using sarcasm to point out similarities between Miles Bron and Elon Musk