Verdict: Strap yourself in for a Shyamalan-esque thrill ride.
M. Night Shyamalan delivered his signature standout twist with 2016’s Split when it was revealed to be a sequel to his much-appreciated 2000 film Unbreakable. There wasn’t much connecting the two comic-book thrillers, apart from the revelation that they both exist in the same universe. With Glass, the third installment in the series, he’s all set to change that in typical Shyamalan style.
What’s Glass About:
David Dunn (Bruce Willis) is at his incognito vigilante best disguised by his poncho and with his now grown-up son Joseph (Spencer Treat Clark) as his right-hand man. Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy) or the Horde as he is popularly known as is still accompanied by his multiple personalities on a killing spree. Dunn a.k.a Overseer takes it upon himself to find the infamous Horde and rescue the teenage girls that they have held captive.
However, things don’t seem to go as planned because in comes Dr. Ellie Staple (Sarah Paulson). Dr. Staple specializes in individuals who believe they have supernatural powers and does everything in her power to treat Dunn and Crumb along Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson) or Mr. Glass, as he prefers to be called. As things begin to escalate, the Beast who is the most powerful personality in the Horde encounters his only surviving victim as Casey Cooke (Anya Taylor-Joy) comes back into the picture. On the other hand, the mastermind Mr. Glass appears to be orchestrating an elaborate plan that will reveal secrets critical to everyone involved.
If you’re a fan of the first two films, chances are high that you’re going to love this one. With Glass, Shyamalan creates a truly unique trilogy. The first two films are not too much alike with Unbreakable’s Dunn as a brooding invincible man while Split’s Crumb is a maniacal woman-abductor. The writer-director brings the two moods together in this third installment that paints an entirely different picture altogether. Shyamalan’s appreciation for the world of comic books is apparent while he also adds a very original, authentic spin to that universe.
When it comes to performances, James McAvoy is astonishingly good as he convincingly switches between the 20-plus personalities. Samuel L. Jackson’s Mr. Glass is ever so righteous with his headstrong motivations and Bruce Willis does a brilliant job returning to his character over a dozen years later. All in all, it’s the third act of the film that goes full Shyamalan with his genius winding climax. At a time when cinemas are flooded with superhero movies, this writer-director uses those characters to create an interesting new world on screen and a new perspective off-screen.
What Could’ve Been Better:
Glass is a maze that will have you lost if you’re looking for a superhero movie and aren’t caught up with the first two installments. Sarah Paulson’s Dr. Staple and other supporting characters don’t get a cohesive storyline and it feels like we’d need a whole new film to accomplish that.
Why You Should Watch:
Catch Glass for its originality as it delivers a new approach to the comic-book world. It’s an entertaining treat for anyone who can appreciate M. Night Shyamalan’s ingenious take on the superhero genre.