GLASS (Movie Review)

Oscar Rendon | St. Louis, MO | January 24th, 2019

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GLASS (2019) stars Samuel L. Jackson (Avengers, Unbreakable), Bruce Willis (Die Hard, The Sixth Sense), James McAvoy (X-Men franchise, Split), and Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story, Bird Box). After the success of SPLIT starring James McAvoy as The Beast, M. Night Shyamalan’s trilogy starting with Unbreakable (2000) finally got the third installment and went into production with GLASS. Bringing together characters from Unbreakable and Split to create a new story about Superheroes and Super Villains in the shadows.

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The first thing we can say about Glass is that it is not what you expect. Director M. Night Shyamalan creates a well crafted story that plots out the story of all three characters and as we all know, he loves his twists. The film starts with all of our main characters on their own and it follows as they become the obsession of a psychiatrist who wants them to believe that the concept of ‘Super-Powered’ beings are not real. A lot of the greatness about this film comes from the writing and story that M. Night tells in only 2 hours. The acting comes second but it’s McAvoy’s performance that stands out. Following Split, McAvoy created a compelling character in Kevin Wendell Crumb and “The Horde” of personalities that live within him. This grounded superhero story M. Night tells has it fair bit of action. Without revealing too much, the stunts and action in this film look great and do convey the very grounded rules of the world Shyamalan creates.

Willis is in the film but he doesn’t do a lot of acting in the film. He is a reactor, and he plays it a little bit like his own personality, quiet and relaxed. Samuel L. Jackson as Elijah Price aka Mr. Glass also falls in that pit of reacting and setting up the story/plot of the film. Glass feels more of a sequel to Split than it does to Unbreakable which isn’t a bad thing and I think it was done purposely as you continue to watch and events unfold that begin to fill in the pieces. Sarah Paulson is also a big heavy hitter when it comes to chewing up the scenes she is in whether it be with Bruce Willis, Sam Jackson, James McAvoy or all three collectively. Glass isn’t your run of the mill superhero film. It exists in a meta-world where comic books are a thing and instead of playing into the trope of the meta-ness, it uses it to create a whole other story that fans of this trilogy might not have thought of that leaves it to a viewers interpretation. Overall, the film is paced very well and we get all we want from this universe that M. Night creates. McAvoy is the standout again and the storytelling is just well written and carefully crafted from Shyamalan’s head.

The Grade

A