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Glass review

Posted by admin on January 28, 2019

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Time to talk about M. Night Shyamalan again! He is a director who, a lot like many, have many hits and misses through their careers. What makes him unique that along with crafting his own stories and directing them, he's one of the few filmmakers to truly have their own voice. Many of his movies feel like slow burn thrillers and fantasies set in modern day (except for The Last Airbender and After Earth), but also try to focus more on characters and how the situation is affecting them psychologically. I give this guy credit for not changing his style, even when work he produces doesn't always work.

I've too made fun of his tropes, whether it's is odd dialogue or an overreliance on the twist of the story. It's not to say he's a bad filmmaker, but it's how the story is ultimately setup. So hence Bruce Willis as a psychologist in the The Sixth Sense worked because of the twist and why a child reading cereal boxes in Lady in the Water for the plot was just stupid. In an interesting twist, we are no getting a sequel to both Unbreakable and Split in Glass, which throws all three main characters together. 

Nineteen years after Unbreakable, David Dunn (Played by Bruce Willis) has embraced his identity as a protector of people that the newspapers have dubbed "The Overseer", with the help of his son Joseph (played by Spencer Trent Clark) who listens on police scanners for local trouble. They trace an area where kidnappings have taken place, which lead him into a warehouse. He helps a group of cheerleaders escape, but comes across their capturer, Kevin Wendell Crumb (played by James McAvoy). They both fight, but are stopped and arrested by the local police who take them to a nearby mental institution. 

Not only do the two find Elijah (played by Samuel L. Jackson) there as well, but all three of them are being cared for by Dr. Ellie Staple (played by Sarah Paulson). She's come to the conclusion that their belief that their super beings are all part of a delusion. Joseph, Elijah's mother (played by Charlayne Woodard), and Casey Cooke (Played by Anya Taylor-Joy) all try to convince Dr. Staple otherwise against treatment, but all fail. Like any superhero at his lowest, David starts to believe he may not be the super human that he thought he was. But like any villain, Elijah has another scheme up his sleeve along with help from Kevin.

Glass has a lot to live up to for it's fans that have waited for the sequel. Like a lot of Shyamalan movies, I could see this as polarizing with people wither loving it or hating it. I'm personally somewhere in the middle as the film doesn't always know how to mix all three people into the story. It starts out fine enough by showing how David has changed since Unbreakable, but once he's in the hospital, he's almost left on his own without much to do. Probably because Split was more recent, the focus is on Kevin.

The good news is that his scenes, along with Dr. Staple, are actually interesting and kept my interest. It's good to note that also like a lot of Shyamalan movies, the pacing is slow, allowing the cold tone to blossom. This is why that despite the dialogue being a little too exposition-centered, it makes more sense for the sake of the story. As far as things went, I was entranced by what Dr. Staple (played incredibly well) had to say, even though I knew that she was doing more harm. Good writing allows it's audience to sway even if you don't agree with the character.

The part that's going to be divisive is the ending. Again, like a lot of Shyamalan stories, the twist either makes or breaks the entire thing. While I'm not judging the decision of how things end, it does end on a note that I wish would have been more in line with the hopefulness of Unbreakable.  The conclusion that comes might have worked more before YouTube and social media became a thing, but I could see society not seeing things how the main characters saw.

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I'll give this three green ponchos out of five. Glass may not be as good as either Unbreakable and Split, but I still got enjoyment out of it. Its it's ending that left me on a sour note. It just wasn't enough to ruin it for me. It's highly recommended that you watch both Unbreakable and Split first, but it's not completely necessary. Check it out and see if this ending ruins it for you. 

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