Why was the Mona Lisa in 'Glass Onion'?

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If there’s one thing writer/director Rian Johnson excels at, it’s putting together a team of artists to get all those little details right when it comes to production design, costumes and props. While knives out had plenty of opulence (and autumnal sweaters), onion glass it has an entire villa decorated with priceless pieces of art, including the Mona Lisa herself.

At the onion glass, billionaire Miles Bron (Edward Norton) has made a deal with the Louvre to lend the Mona Lisa while the museum is closed due to the pandemic. Makes sense, right? Nobody goes to museums anyway – better to take the most priceless work of art known to mankind and keep it around to shit and laugh.

As the film’s mystery unfolds, the Mona Lisa stands on the sidelines, watching a bevy of frenzied millionaires trying to make sense of what happened. While it looks a little cheesy, the painting is key to the film’s classy commentary on billionaires and their obsessions with legacy – a fantasy that relies on vast amounts of wealth and intergenerational privilege, not to mention the support and pampering of others. who are less fortunate (i.e. wealthy).

Who is Edward Norton’s character Miles Bron?

Man in a gray shirt is in a room with huge windows.

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Miles Bron is a self-styled Tony Stark – a ridiculously wealthy man with an inflated ego who warps his self-perception into thinking he’s a superhero with a right. 🇧🇷Sound familiar, Elon?🇧🇷 But unlike Iron Man, who actually does save the world, Miles Bron is just a tech brother chasing a delusional dream of being the first to do something. Like many of our real-life billionaires, his ideas were never really his.


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Bron is the CEO and co-founder of a technology company called Alpha, where his latest endeavor is to implement a new alternative energy source he calls Klear, although it has never been tested. However, we soon find out that it was actually Andi (Janelle Monáe) who came up with the idea for Alpha and who told Bron that Klear wasn’t safe, resulting in a grueling lawsuit where Bron forged evidence to suggest he was indeed the original creator. of Alpha and forcing Andi to step down as CEO.

So what’s the problem with the Mona Lisa in onion glass🇧🇷

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At the onion glass, the Mona Lisa is a symbol of legacy. The painting serves as a moodboard for Bron’s life, so to speak, embodying the ultimate goal he wants to achieve. Throughout the film, Bron regularly mentions that he wants to be remembered in the same way as the Mona Lisa; he wants to be remembered as one of the greatest in history, standing the test of time and joining the club of the world’s best artists and inventors.

But can such timelessness exist in the 21st century, let alone through a tech billionaire? Not really, because unlike Leonardo da Vinci, whose legacy was established through his unique artistry, Bron finds his meaning in what he owns, not what he contributes. He was willing to distribute an untested power source just to be the first to do so. He even owns Paul McCartney’s guitar, which he destroys just for fun. It is this exact attitude that marks his downfall.

It’s Bron’s obsession with owning titles that don’t belong to him that drives onion glassall the arc and mystery of. He was never a creator or a genius to begin with, and when Helen (also Janelle Monáe!) wrecks everything in the film’s final act – using Klear as accelerator – the Mona Lisa goes up in flames, granting her wish in the most ironic of ways. .

Bron will forever be known as “the idiot who destroyed the Mona Lisa”, who goes back to onion glassCommentary on modern wealth as a vehicle for worldly destruction. Billionaires aren’t really there to help people or contribute to society in life-changing ways; they just want to have it all and earn a gold star for modeling an american dream that doesn’t exist.

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