Usually, when it comes to a good murder mystery, you find by the end that all the clues you needed were right out there from the beginning. But it has to be admitted that Rian Johnson manages to tell you practically everything that’s going to happen and what he’s going to do with just the title.
He used it as a metaphor long ago. “I literally took out my iPhone and searched my music library for the word ‘crystal,'” Johnson told Netflix earlier this year. “There have to be good songs about glass. I thought, ‘Is this a glass fort? Is this a glass palace? ‘The Glass Onion'”.
Hence the huge dome in which a lot of action takes place, a transparent stage for a story about a man who is empty inside.
The Beatles song that gives the film its title and rounds out the credits is just a nice nod to the Liverpool band. This is the key to peeling this onion. Johnson has said that “I was always amazed, when I was showing the script, how many people didn’t realize it was a Beatles song”, so let’s get a little background.
It’s from the “White Album” where everyone was a little fed up with each other and what other people thought the Beatles were. John Lennon’s Glass Onion is what the band had become for some fans: four scousers The increasingly irritable who wore very expensive shoes, and who coincidentally was the living embodiment of the new post-revolutionary Western society with lyrics that had many layers of meaning and you had to figure out what they really meant. Lennon’s response was to mock it.
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“Strawberry Fields Forever”, “Fixing a Hole”, “I Am the Walrus” and “Lady Madonna” are among the many hues. glass onion, There are lots of musical gags, winks and obvious references to a line about ‘The Fool on the Hill’, possibly the only known example of a sarcastic recorder solo. “Here’s another clue for you all,” spits Lennon. “Walrus was Paul.”
That phrase was added “to confuse everybody a little more”, Lennon later explained. “It could have been ‘Fox Terrier Is Paul’. It’s a bit of a poem. I was laughing because there was a lot of ambiguity about ‘Sergeant Pepper’: doing a handstand turn it upside down and all that.”
It’s something like cute nonsense: building layer upon layer of material that begs to be read, explained, and manipulated for significance, but laughs at everyone who does.
And just like “Glass Onion” is a Beatles song about songs the Beatles sang, glass onions It’s about a murder mystery about a murder mystery. like dagger in the back, breaks down some of the genre’s most distinctive tricks: secret twins, a faked death and, above all, an evil mastermind with an eye for culture. The final exchange between Birdie and Blank about Miles’ plan sums it up.
“It’s so silly, it’s genius,” she says.
“No,” bellows Blank, “that’s just bullshit!”
Miles likes to think of himself and his comrades as some kind of Beatle-style cabal from the future. He also grabs the guitar on which Paul McCartney wrote “Blackbird”, which he whacks on the floor. They are the exact type of cultural gatekeepers Lennon bragged about, people who were sure they held the key to the future but were oblivious to the fact that they were all but derisions.
They need your brilliance to portray yourself as such, and the fact that they are willing to overlook blatant bluff and tricks to advance their own careers is their downfall. glass onions De Miles explodes and takes all of the minor characters with him, entangling their fates despite Helen’s last-minute conversion to the cause.
song, like the story of glass onions, is about creating something that looks and feels complex, but almost dares you to point out that you can see through it, and that its center is hollow. Here’s another clue for everyone. The Walrus was Paul.