Director : M. Night Shyamalan
Producer(s): Night Shyamalan, Jason Blum, Marc Bienstock and Ashwin Raja
Starring : James McAvoy, Bruce Willis, Anya Taylor-Joy, Sarah Paulson and Samuel L. Jackson
Genre : Thriller/Sci-fi
Release Date : January 18, 2019
Awesome-O-Metre : 6.6/10
Revue of GLASS
From Unbreakable, Bruce Willis returns as David Dunn as does Samuel L. Jackson as Elijah Price aka Mr. Glass. Joining from Split are James McAvoy, reprising his role as Kevin Wendell Crumb and the multiple identities who reside within, and Anya Taylor-Joy as Casey Cooke, the only captive to survive an encounter with The Beast. Following the conclusion of Split, Glass finds Dunn pursuing Crumb’s superhuman figure of The Beast in a series of escalating encounters, while the shadowy presence of Price emerges as an orchestrator who holds secrets critical to both men.
M. Night Shyamalan brings together the narratives of two of his standout originals—2000’s Unbreakable and 2016’s Split in one explosive, all-new comic-book thriller: Glass and I couldn’t be happier! Glass gives us a different perspective to super heroes outside the contemporary heroes (like the Avengers) that currently rule cinemas. So if you are an avid comic/super hero fan expecting to see a Captain America like film, I am sorry but you will be disappointed because Glass isn’t like that. Glass is a film about ordinary people who have been dealt a bad hand by life and has led them to become superhuman.
In my review of Split I mentioned the superb acting of James McAvoy who effortlessly switched between characters (personalities). In Glass he takes it up another notch because unlike Split where he switches personalities between scenes, in Glass he switches characters within scenes. Samuel L Jackson also put in a good shift repressing his role as the brainy but fragile Mr. Glass and Bruce Willis also did well with his single facial expression.
Despite the fantastic plot that connects the 3 films, the conclusion was a bit blasé because it was obvious that M. Night Shyamalan was struggling to tie all the films together and give it a befitting conclusion. This struggle was evident in the uneven and irregular pacing of the film making it that much unsatisfactory. Furthermore, in an attempt to explain the direction of the film to the audience, Glass becomes so implausible that the film tries so hard to explain the events at the expense of just showing us goings on.
A lot of critics have been bashing this film and though Glass does have its flaws, but I think the bias is because it’s an M. Night Shyamalan production and not with the film itself. Honestly, it’s not every day you see an audacious attempt to tie two films shot almost 18 years apart in a third film and we must give M. Night kudos for pulling this off. Oh by the way, did you notice M. Night Shyamalan’s cheeky cameo?
Glass is not a perfect movie but it’s a good film about ordinary people – an anarchist, a mastermind and a reluctant hero who in the “ordinariness” achieve the extra-ordinary. I highly recommend that you see this film however I must warn that though Glass can stand on its own, but you will be doing yourself a great disservice if you don’t watch Unbreakable and Split first.
Have a great week!
PS. Did you know that Charlayne Woodard who plays Samuel L. Jackson’s mother is actually much younger than him? That’s why she had on so much make-up to make her look older than him.