Movie Review – Glass

  • Writing - 5.5/10
  • Acting - 7.5/10
  • Directing - 8/10


Writer: M. Night Shyamalan
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Producer(s): M. Night Shyamalan, Jason Blum, Marc Bientock, Ashwin Rajan
Release: January 18, 2019

Glass looks to make fans of the last two films question the existence of the super beings, and then delivers a satisfying twist ending.

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A Mixed Bag Finale To the Eastrail 177 Trilogy


M. Night Shyamalan has delivered a solid concluding chapter that was 19 years in the making. Back in 2000, Shyamalan released Unbreakable, a film years ahead of its time. Bruce Willis stars as David Dunn, a security guard who discovers that he has superhuman traits after being aided by a comic book gallery owner, Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson), better known as Mr. Glass. In 2017, Shyamalan revisited the universe with Split, which focused on Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy), a man who at the time had 23 distinct personalities, but was anticipating the arrival of a final identity known as the Beast. Flash forward a few years and Glass has arrived to close the trilogy, and it is a worthy final chapter to Shyamalan’s superhero universe.

What’s The Story?

However, this is not an Avengers type superhero film. This is a continuation of the deconstruction of comic books, and while Shyamalan does it enough he begins to fall into those same traps towards the final moments. Glass Takes place 19 years after Unbreakable and 3 weeks after the events of Split. However, Shyamalan stated it was 15 years later so that’s just one of the flaws in this story.

Following the events of Split, David Dunn, who now owns a home security business, is tracking down the Beast, and when the two meet it is quite the spectacle. Just as the battle starts to heat up, Dr. Staples (Sarah Paulson) emerges and sends the two superhumans to a mental facility, the same one that houses the heavily sedated Mr. Glass. Meanwhile, Glass begins to plot an escape that would lead to a battle between Dunn and the Beast; which would prove to the world that the super beings are real. Shyamalan really shows his best and his worst here. The hospital, for one thing, is poorly staffed and the workers are useless.

Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, and James McAvoy in Glass (2019)

Despite the narrative nitpicks, this is where the audience is allowed to further connect with these characters, as Staples attempts to debunk their statuses. For those that have seen the previous two films, you are aware that these people are indeed super; but whether or not they can convince the world is what this film is about. McAvoy really gets to shine here. Indeed, he seamlessly adjusts from one character to the next and it is a cinematic tour de force. Willis and Jackson do what they can, but they don’t come close to the performance of McAvoy; but the two still carry their own. Alongside the trio, the cast features returns from Anya Taylor-Joy, Spencer Treat Clark, and Charlayne Woodard. Along with from the performances, cinematography, directing (which is some of Shyamalan’s best), and the score, Glass mostly suffers from its inconsistent story.

On numerous occasions, characters do things that contradict established continuity. Shyamalan continues to dig more holes as if he were going for a world record in filmmaking. And, while the constant explanations of comic books may frustrate certain viewers; keep in mind this universe doesn’t have to mirror our own, so perhaps Marvel and DC aren’t running wild here. In fact, the twist in the film would indicate that superhero films are nonexistent in this world. Shyamalan manages to tie up loose ends between Split and Unbreakable, which further unites the two films. So, expect the twist to come fast and half cooked, it is as if Shyamalan was rushing to get to the end credits. 

Final Verdict

Glass is the final nail in the coffin for this universe. And while Shyamalan leaves the door open for more to be explored, it is best kept the way it is now. The message in this film is quite strong, and everything comes full circle despite Shyamalan’s lackluster penmanship. So this trilogy doesn’t reach the heights of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy or anything comparable. But Shyamalan has created an alternate take on the superhero genre that fans of Unbreakable and Split will certainly appreciate.



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