A lot was expected from the film Glass, which links the films Unbreakable and Split, and in turn pulling together the cast and characters from both stories. To be fair, the decks were stacked pretty high against Glass, mostly due to how well executed both Unbreakable and Split were.
The films/universe created by M.Night Shyamalan tackled the superhero genre in a very unconventional and unique way. Glass is a culmination of that narrative featuring Bruce Willis’ Davin Dunn character who is hunting down James McAvoy’s Kevin Wendell Crumb and his multiple personalities.
However, nothing is quite as straight forward in an M. Night tale and Glass is subjected to the director’s distinctive story telling style. As such the ‘series of escalating encounters’ that was teased in the film’s synopsis under delivers at the start of the film, leaving both characters carted off to an Asylum where they cross paths with Samuel L. Jackon’s Elijah Price.
The film pretty much stays within the confines of the ward, as the three are evaluated by Dr. Ellie Staple (Sarah Paulson). The story arc is what makes and breaks the film at this point as the moviegoer is subjected to several twists and turns before culminating in a showdown between The Beast and Dunn with Price seemingly pulling all the strings.
But this is an M. Night film after all, and there’s naturally the mother of all twists towards the end of the film. However, the build up towards the finale seems like an afterthought, done more to ‘stun’ audiences and conveniently tie up the film.
This ultimately is Glass’ biggest let down, and it will no doubt leave audiences disappointed. That said, the film does have its moments, chief of which is the inclusion of the cast and characters from both Unbreakable and Split, namely Joseph Dunn (Spencer Treat Clark), Casey Cooke (Anya Taylor-Joy) and Elijah’s Mother (Charlayne Woodard).
There’s also the customary M. Night cameo as well but most props have to be given to McAvoy who basically steals the show with an acting masterclass, portraying the multiple characters of the Horde. Overall, Glass, despite its excellent source material, under whelms, largely not due to the lack of trying but rather trying too hard.
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