Glass cuts moviegoers with split reactions

February 12, 2019

 

If you are still confused as to what the meaning of the credit scene of M. Night Shyamalan's 2016 hit movie "Split" was, then this is definitely not a movie you are ready to see.

 

Being the third and final movie of Shyamalan's dark superhero trilogy, Glass is a film that depends heavily upon audience familiarity with not only "Split," but also "Unbreakable," the 2000 superhero drama starring Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson.

 

Fans of both of these films will likely be satisfied with the philosophical hero commentary that is "Glass," but anyone looking for a dazzling spectacle of Marvel-esque showdowns between Bruce Willis and James McAvoy will probably feel a little let down by the final installment of this franchise. 

 

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"Glass", starring Samuel L. Jackson (L) and James McAvoy (R), the third installment in M. Night Shyamalan's dark superhero series was released on January 18, 2019.

 

The movie picks up soon after the events of "Split." Now an internet-famous vigilante, David Dunn is fighting crime in the shadows of Philadelphia as "The Overseer." Dunn and his son are working together to track down McAvoy's "Horde" who has recently captured a group of cheerleaders to be sacrificed to The Beast.

 

From this point on until the climax of the film, Shyamalan slows down the pace of the film, and he brings into question whether these seemingly superhuman beings even have powers at all. 

 

This is where many fans and critics may become disappointed in what Glass delivers, because most of the film drags on as dialogue-heavy commentary on what it means to be a superhero rather than the gladiator display of powers and one-liners audiences have become accustomed to when it comes to superhero films. 

 

The head doctor of the mental institution probes all three characters to get them to believe that they are having delusions of grandeur when it comes to their abilities, and for almost the entire second act of the film, some of these superhuman beings begin to doubt that they have any powers at all. 

 

Led by the manipulative mastermind who is Mr. Glass, the film's third act turns the doctor’s suggestions on their head, and it finally brings the trio of superhumans together for a final climactic showdown; however, the point of this battle between The Overseer and The Beast does not quite play out the way we were set up to expect it to from the beginning of the film.

 

Those familiar with Shyamalan’s previous works such as “The Sixth Sense” and “Signs” should expect to leave the theater with a somewhat familiar feeling. Again, the pace and tone of the film are more reminiscent of 2000's Unbreakable than a modern superhero blockbuster. Any fan of the franchise prepared for this will likely be pleased with what Shyamalan delivers. 

 

When it comes to the quality of the performances, fan-favorite McAvoy once again steals the show by displaying his wide range of acting abilities through his split-personality character, and Willis and Jackson stay true to their former characters after reprising their roles nearly twenty years later. 

 

Overall, this movie was a tonally fitting end to the Glass trilogy as a whole, and it contains many messages about believing in yourself and being a hero.

 

Viewers not familiar with the two films that precede Glass will not only be completely confused by its plot, but they will likely be disappointed in the seemingly over-dramatic film that doesn't necessarily match the action that trailers may have alluded to.

 

Many people have a wide range of strong opinions regarding this film, but any fan of the director and/or his previous movies would not regret spending the ten bucks on this movie. Knowledgeable fans who are aware of what they should expect will likely leave the theater feeling satisfied by Shyamalan's final piece in his dramatic superhero trilogy.

Rating: 3.5/5

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