Glass is the latest film from M Night Shyamalan. The third in the Eastrail 177 Trilogy. This film brings together two of his greatest pieces of work, Unbreakable and Split. Reprising their roles from Unbreakable is Bruce Willis as David Dunn and Samuel L. Jackson as Elijah Price aka Mr. Glass. James McAvoy returns as Kevin Wendall Crumb, the complicated man with multiple personalities.
To support Willis, Jackson, and McAvoy comes characters from their respective films. Spencer Treat Clark returns as Dunn’s son Joseph, as well as Charlayne Woodard who reprises her role as Price’s mother. Anya Taylor-Joy comes back as Casey Cooke, the sole survivor of Crumb’s many victims. New to the franchise is Dr. Ellie Staple played by Sarah Paulson. She is a Psychiatrist that is trying to prove superheroes truly do not exist.
“This is not a cartoon. This is the real world.”
The film’s plot begins a few weeks after the end of Split with Dunn and his son actively pursuing ‘The Beast.’ Dunn eventually finds the hide out of Crumb. Dunn work to free Crumb still living victims. A huge fight erupts between them. The fight comes to an end when law enforcement and Dr. Staple find them and bring them both back to a psychiatric hospital.
While being locked up in the hospital, Dunn finds out that his advisory Price is also one of the other patients. Dr. Staple has brought these three men together to prove to them that they are not truly superheroes. Price takes this opportunity to work with Crumb to escape the hospital, to show the world they are real. Dunn also escapes from the hospital to do everything he can to stop Crumb and Price from reaching a new skyscraper in Philadelphia. To show the world what they can do.
Before any of them can get off the hospital grounds, they are surrounded by police offers. At the command of Dr. Staples, they do everything they can to keep the men there and to stop them at all costs. They succeed and bring down the three main characters.
What I Liked About Glass
Overall, I think that most everyone involved did a good job and played their part well. This film takes place almost twenty years after Unbreakable. Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson play both their parts like no time has passed but showed age where it was needed. Anya Taylor-Joy also picked right back up from Split. The compassion that she can show in this towards McAvoy’s Crumb is fantastic. These two have great chemistry and it truly shows.
McAvoy’s Crumb is the highlight of this film. He took his unbelievable performance from Split and launched it to another planet. We only got to see a handful of his personas in Split. Here we get to see almost all of them. Each very distinctive from the next. It is sometimes hard to see a person take on a certain kind of role or character. To see McAvoy, take on this, deserves any and every award available to him.
What Could Have Been Improved With Glass
The first character that I think faltered a little bit was Clark’s reprisal of Dunn’s son Joseph. Now don’t get me wrong, I am glad that they re-casted the same person. I think it was where he was and where he is now. This movie takes place almost twenty years after the original. He was literally just a kid back then. As an adult, he had to build this character from a different viewpoint as well as a different dynamic than his original.
My next issue with this film was just the overall pacing. Thankfully we, for the most part, had the characters to keep us entertained. The first and the third acts kept the momentum going and kept you glued to the screen. The second act tends to slow down to almost a screeching halt. You just want it to move on to the next thing.
Lastly, it comes down to the ending or in the world of M. Night Shyamalan, the twist. I don’t know what to think of this ending. From what I have been hearing, it has been testing well but I am not sure how. This was supposed to be the end of the trilogy but with certain dialogs and reveals at the end, I really don’t think it is. I am almost waiting to see Shyamalan come out with a new tale for us to consume just to follow it up and tell us it is part of the Unbreakable/Split universe.
Final Thoughts About Glass
Overall, I really did enjoy this film. It’s not the best in M Night Shyamalan’s catalog, but it is by far not the worst. He was able to give us again some amazing performances from Willis, Jackson, and especially McAvoy. I genuinely do not believe another human being can play Crumb. This role will go down as one of McAvoy’s best. Even though I am still not sure what I saw at the end, it was a good movie and I would recommend anyone to see it.
Overall Score 3.5/5