Title: Glass (2019)
Director: M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense)
Cast: James McAvoy, Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Sarah Paulson, Anya Taylor-Joy
Plot: Committed to psychiatric care under the supervision of Dr. Ellie Staple (Paulson), the worlds of Elijah Glass (Jackson), David Dunn (Willis) and Kevin Wendell Crumb (McAvoy) come together in what promises to be a beastly occurrence.
“This is not a cartoon. This is the real world”
Review by Eddie on 17/02/2019
The conclusion (?) of one of the most unlikely and unexpected of shared movie universes makes its way onto our screens in the form of M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass, the melting pot of ideas that started 19 year’s ago with the oft derided directors under-appreciated sophomore feature Unbreakable from 2000.
Following up his return to form and smash hit Split, Glass follows directly on from the turn of events in Shyamalan’s James McAvoy dominated thriller and while not all is successful in the filmmakers often too self-indulgent outing, this far-fetched yet entertaining affair should please fans of this particular world created by the divisive talent.
Bringing together Samuel L. Jackson’s scheming and intelligent Elijah Glass, Bruce Willis’s nigh on indestructible David Dunn and McAvoy’s Kevin Wendell Crumb (among a collection of other’s) in a loony bin coordinated by Sarah Paulson’s mysterious Dr. Staple, Glass is a character driven piece that explores the possibility of real-life superheros and villains, with a dabbling of beast oriented carnage thrown in for good measure.
Those not overly familiar with past occurrences may find themselves growing quickly tired of Glass’s rather slowly paced and methodical approach to its material, inspired by Shyamalan’s love of comics and his desire to create his own heroic landscape but fans of past event’s will lap up the chance to see the three lead actor’s together on screen.
The shared scenes between the A-list performer’s is unquestionably the films strongest asset with Willis the best his been in some time and Jackson doing his usual solid shtick but much like Split before it, McAvoy elevates everything around him quite substantially as he laps up the chance to run wild with the many personas of Crumb.
If it weren’t for the fact Glass is very much a genre film and made entirely for pulpy audience enjoyment, McAvoy’s multiple performances would garner a substantial and well-deserved collection of plaudits and whenever his given a chance to run riot, Glass is a seriously entertaining and crazy ride.
The ride Glass takes however is halted in its tracks as it’s third act begins, an act that feels both like an anti-climax and an event that explodes with a fizz rather than a bang.
It feels as though Shyamalan didn’t have the means at his disposal to deliver what seems to be coming or that perhaps he was unsure of how the slow build to the films finale was going to get done in a way that ties many of the plot lines together and for a director that found fame with how his film’s often conclude, Glass finds itself lost in its last waltz, making what has come before it feel somewhat underwhelming.
Final Say –
There’s fun to be had here thanks to the performers (especially when McAvoy is given the limelight) and fans of the previous installments will find much to enjoy yet while Glass doesn’t shatter what has come before, it also doesn’t do enough to feel totally warranted.
3 carnival rides out of 5