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Glass Movie Review

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Glass is M. Night Shyamalan’s latest edition to his ever growing repertoire of films and the conclusion story to the popular Unbreakable “saga”. The film we have been waiting 19 years for! Or two years depending on how you look at it… Glass takes us back to the fascinating character relationship between David Dunn (Bruce Willis) and Elijah Price aka Mr. Glass (Samuel L Jackson) from the popular Shyamalan film from 2000, Unbreakable. Shyamalan is famous for having “twists” in his movie that always flip the story on its head in a big way in the end. He used the twist structure in his 2016 film Split in which we follow Kevin Wendell (James McAvoy), a character suffering from dissociative identity disorder. The film focuses on Kevin kidnapping three teenage girls and the struggle between his alter egos taking control of the situation in preparation for his villainous alter named “The Beast” to emerge. The Beast ends up killing two of the teenage girls and we discover at the end of the film that this draws the attention of security specialist David Dunn.

(Pause for mind explosion) “Wait so you’re telling me this whole time, this crazy bad guy lives in the same universe as Unbreakable?!” 

Immediately upon the release of Split we were also informed that there would be a continuation movie that would feature David, Kevin and Elijah entitled Glass. This was pretty exciting news and I had a lot of high hopes going into this movie that were then diminished around the middle of the 3rd act of the film.

Glass falls short of its prequels due to an exhaustingly verbal correlation between comic books and the events unfolding. In Unbreakable, Mr. Glass speaks in hypotheticals in every interaction with David and relates his own life and Davids to that of comic book characters. He references common plot structures and themes found in comic books and tailors them to how he views his life and experiences. This works on a character level because it shows his delusion of reality and helps to build his villainous mastermind persona but what Glass does is take his character trait and have several minor characters take on his voice. They say “comic book” about 15 times and painfully force feed us bad dialogue and awkward scenes. The movie is quite good up until the 3rd act and then the forced fed comic book correlations begin to unfold, which causes this awkward unnatural tension on screen and causes it to fall apart at the climax. Now I’m not here to spoil the plot so I’m not going to provide any specifics because I think the story is still worth a watch for any Unbreakable/Split fans. 

Willis, McAvoy and Jackson are all really good in this film, but McAvoy truly stands out above the rest. Everything good about his character in Split is injected with steroids and McAvoy’s ability to snap in between 7 different personalities in the course of a single scene or take is quite a sight to be seen. His performance in this film reminds me of the kind of impact that Heath Ledger’s Joker had on me. My eyes were glued to the screen and I was on the edge of my seat whenever McAvoy was on screen. This movie does not feel like a Mr. Glass focused film like the title insinuates. If anything it’s more of a Split sequel than an Unbreakable one. 

 The main characters really helped make this film watchable and they have great chemistry together but ultimately it was Shyamalan’s writing that ruined it for me in the end. I wouldn’t say this film was terrible by any means but there were too many things wrong with it to call it a good film as well. Overall this film falls under the “just okay” category for me. It was something that provided closure for me for the characters I came to enjoy after the previous two films but it wasn’t the kind of conclusion that I had hoped for. 

Glass
DIRECTOR: M. Night Shyamalan
STUDIO: Universal
GENRE: Drama, Mystery, Horror
MPAA: PG-13
RELEASE DATE: January 18, 2019
AUTHOR: Curt Cook

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