Glass Review


Director: M Night Shyamalan
Starring: James McAvoy, Bruce Willis, Anya Taylor-Joy, Sarah Paulson and Samuel L. Jackson

M. Night Shyamalan has returned with the third and final movie of his Unbreakable trilogy, which has turned out to be one of the most surprising and compelling comic book movie trilogies of all time.

Unbreakable is a gem of a movie, and then he surprised us with Split, which was an unexpected sequel. Finally, its all culminated with Glass, which arguably is the most complete of all three movies.

It sees James McAvoy’s Beast and Bruce Willis’ David Dunn finally go head to head, but before they really have the chance to pummel one another, they are rudely interrupted by Sarah Paulson’s Dr. Ellie Staple, who throws them into an asylum to try and convince them they are not the superheroes they believe they are.

This is not a cartoon. This is the real world.

Elijah Price

Locked away in this institute is Samuel L. Jackson’s Mr. Glass, who seems to be a shadow of his former self, but everything’s not quite as it seems.

Shyamalan’s really in his element with this sort of movie – a smaller budget comic book movie which is all about ideas and less about spectacle.

I would argue that Glass is a comic book movie which makes you think more than most. This film ins’t about incredible set pieces. It’s all centred around the characters, the performances, and yes, the signature Shyamalan twists upon twists.

This film has all of that, and more. I was struck by how it seems to be a metaphor for Trump’s America. Shyamalan’s film appears to be about people wanting and needing to be seen: the minorities, the outcasts, the downtrodden.

Now who’d like a PB and J sandwich?

Kevin Wendell Crumb

The film is backed up by four brilliant central performances. Shyamalan really allows the likes of McAvoy and Jackson to strut their stuff with some more showy performances. Yet, they are balanced out by Willis’ more reserved and Paulson’s slightly restrained performances.

Some may say that Willis looks uninterested in yet another movie, yet I would argue against that. Dunn was a very reserved character in Unbreakable. He’s the reluctant hero, yet he does seem to be enjoying his powers a bit more in this film.

The film uses the guise of the comic book movie genre to tell a much larger story, and even though the film is called Glass, he isn’t the film’s main character. He is, however, pulling the strings in the background, as usual.

It perhaps has a slightly convoluted plot, yet it does end up working in its own mixed up sort of way, and it finishes with some pleasing twists.

First name: Mister. Last name: Glass.

Elijah Price

It all culminates in a final sequence which is very inventive, yet you do have to go with it to allow yourself to enjoy and appreciate what Shyamalan is trying to do. It is a masterclass of how to do more with less budget.

That said, Glass does end up being one of those films that wants to be a thought-provoking picture, yet ends up being more superficial than substantial.

The themes are obvious, and it’s not very subtle. Yet, I didn’t mind that, and it all finishes with that signature Shyamalan twist.

Ultimately, Glass a satisfying conclusion to what has been one of the surprise hit trilogies in recent time.

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