Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery has taken the Internet by storm. It’s only 10-days-old on Netflix and yet many have already rewatched the film countless of times to enjoy the ride that it takes you on.
The film is the successor of the 2019 movie, Knives Out, that is centred around Detective Benoit Blanc solving cases that involve a lot of twists and turns.
For those who haven’t had the chance to watch the film, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery is about Miles Bron, a tech billionaire, who invites his group of friends, who call themselves the “Disruptors”, on his private Greek island where he’s tasked all of them to solve his “murder”.
Somehow, Detective Benoit Blanc is invited to join the murder mystery party. Throughout the getaway, other mysteries begin to unfold.
As those who have watched the film all know, it contains so many twists and turns, red herrings, and easter eggs that reveal further details about the plot and characters.
Here’s a list of 5 Easter eggs that you may not have noticed during your first run of the film!
Disclaimer: The rest of the article contains spoilers for the movie.
1. Kanye West painting mural
At the grand dining table, there’s a mural beyond the room’s pillars that showcases the likeness of Kanye West.
Quite random, don’t you think? However, Miles is obsessed with celebrity name drops at any chance.
As far as Miles’ personality goes, it only makes sense that he would find something to appreciate and revere in Kanye’s larger-than-life demeanour, fame, and career.
2. Their face masks reveal their personalities
Given that the film is set during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, it showcases each of the characters wearing face masks in the beginning. “The masks in this movie are an Easter egg as to who all these people are. Each person, in the way they wear their mask, is really who they are,” Kate Hudson revealed.
The director himself, Rian Johnson, also confirmed this Easter egg in the Vanity Fair video where he breaks down the arrival scene.
3. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is the voice of the clock
The “hourly dong” that rings across the private island belongs to none other than Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Johnson asked Gordon-Levitt to do him a favour and record the word “dong” really loudly.
“In the script, it’s written as the ‘hourly gong’. One time, when everybody was saying it, [Gordon-Levitt] said it wrongly and said the ‘hourly dong’. And I said ‘That’s it, it’s the hourly dong now.’”
This is his second Knives Out cameo too, as he voiced a sitcom that played in the background of the first movie.
4. Gravity’s Rainbow
In the first Knives Out film, Blanc jokes to Marta that no one has ever read the book, Gravity’s Rainbow.
In Glass Onion, the novel makes an appearance again in the hands of Serena Williams, as she patiently waits for someone to virtually train with her.
5. Miles’ Outfits Reveal His Unoriginality
Miles appears in flashbacks dressed like well-known individuals. For instance, he dresses like Steve Jobs in a black turtleneck and blue trousers when he and Andi disagree about employing the Klear Hydrogen technology.
In another, he is sporting shoulder-length hair, a black leather vest worn over a velvet shirt, and a similar outfit to Tom Cruise’s T.J. Mackey, a motivational speaker character from the 1999 movie, Magnolia.
Johnson acknowledged that Norton came up with the idea to channel T.J. Mackey in order to support the notion that Miles was so unimaginative that he would even imitate a character from a film.
Were you able to notice of any of these during your first Glass Onion viewing? If not, then this is your sign to watch the movie a second or even third time.