This “Glass” is half empty


Kaitlyn Schafer, Reviews, Features. and Editorials editor

“Glass” was directed by M. Night Shyamalan and was released on Jan. 18, 2019. Shyamalan’s “Glass” is a mash-up between his two previous movies, “Unbreakable”, starring Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson and “Split”, starring James McAvoy. Because of the success of the first two movies, there was a lot of hype for this final installment, however, it is precisely because of this that watchers may be disappointed. “Glass” is a film unlike the others in the series, in that it was worse; it seemed as if Shyamalan should have stuck to just two movies.

“Glass” brings together Shyamalan’s “Unbreakable” and “Split” in a unique new comic-book thriller. From the film “Unbreakable”, Bruce Willis plays David Dunn once again, the only survivor of a train wreck who has superhuman strength as well as being actually unbreakable and Samuel L. Jackson reprises his role as Elijah Price, also known as Mr. Glass. The “Split” characters that join in are Kevin Wendell Crumb, as well as the 23 other personalities that reside within himself, who is played by James McAvoy, and Anya Taylor Joy as Casey Cooke, the only survivor to the encounter The Beast in the film. Following the conclusion of “Split”, this film finds David Dunn following Crumb’s superhuman form called The Beast, while Mr. Glass secretly orchestrates the events that unfold.

The “Glass” film poster which includes Samuel L. Jackson, James McAvoy, and Bruce Willis. “I, for one, liked the movie, but I did think that the climax could have been a bit more interesting,” stated Katherine Mavis.

Throughout the whole film, the audience can clearly see that David Dunn has the strength and abilities that no other human can possess. And watchers also know that Kevin Wendell Crumb has a form called The Beast that can scale walls and take shotgun blasts. Yet so much of “Glass” is devoted to precisely telling these characters that they are not super in any way. The momentum during the film was too slow and the ending is not what is expected to the conclusion of Shyamalan’s series. Shyamalan focused too much on “exciting” audiences with a “grand ending”, that throughout most of the film, watchers may get confused but think that everything will tie up perfectly in the end. However, this only leaves audiences with high expectations for a great ending that never happens.

James McAvoy’s performance as Kevin Crumb and the 23 other personalities in “Split” was phenomenal and it continues to be so in “Glass”. From obsessive-compulsive maintenance man Dennis to playful, Kanye-loving nine-year-old Hedwig to flamboyant, fashionista Barry, McAvoy brings all of these characters to life in a fantastically entertaining way. But the role that is most present in the film played by McAvoy is The Beast, who is a monstrous character that has abnormal strength and an appetite for people whose “hearts are not pure,” or rather, people who have never suffered. McAvoy’s role as The Beast is enthralling as it is terrifying and overall the only exceptional aspect of the film.

Many of the scenes in this film seemed to repeat. Sarah Paulson’s character, Dr. Ellie Staple, gives the same speech multiple times and a bit where a flash of light changes Kevin Crumb’s personality each time seemed to go on forever. The backstories of the characters were focused on too much, even to the extent of Shyamalan adding in flashbacks even when more than 90% of the theater had seen the first two films. Shyamalan was so set on making the last fifteen minutes as spectacular as can be, that he failed to make the first two hours of the film engaging.

“Glass” gets a 2/5 star rating due to its repetitiveness and slow plot line. The two stars given were for the spot-on acting performances and an intriguing lead role.