A little backstory before I start talking about Glass, I first watched ‘Unbreakable’ many years ago and loved it. I loved how grounded it was, especially for a superhero movie. I found ‘Split’ to be ok, I didn’t love it but I certainly didn’t expect the twist ending, finding out it’s set in the same universe as ‘Unbreakable’ made me really excited for what the director had in store for us next. Now we have Glass, the finale to his trilogy and sadly the worst in the trilogy.
I was really excited about Glass, the marketing was really cool and the trailer made it look really good. It pains me to say that Glass is one of the biggest let downs I’ve experienced in a long time. I respect what Shyamalan was trying to accomplish with this trilogy and was hoping for a great final movie but what I got was so mediocre and downplayed. That’s not to say the movie is without its merits.
James McAvoy is brilliant and acts to the best of his abilities. He has so much work to do in this movie, constantly switching between one personality to the next. What I really loved about this is Shyamalan chose to do all of these scenes in one shot without any cuts, which made me appreciate McAvoy’s acting chops even more. As always, Samuel L.Jackon is brilliant. He had a hard job acting alongside McAvoy but just like in ‘Unbreakable’ he played a great villain. Smart but ferocious. I tend to love villains that don’t have any super strength but instead use the strength of their mind.
So Mr Glass is perfect for me. Where the acting stumbles a bit is with Bruce Willis, he isn’t terrible but his acting really gets pushed to the side when compared to his acting pals. For most of his screen time, he looks bored, making me bored and really disliking his character which is a shame because I liked David Dunn in ‘Unbreakable’.
The first act is really good, setting up these characters let again and explaining to us what’s been happening since ‘Split’. I was interested to see how these characters would get caught and eventually put into closure. It’s the second act where the movie dips in quality. What should be the most interesting part, delving into the characters psyche, falls incredibly flat and for the most part, I was bored.
I loved exploring McAvoys character but hated how Bruce Willis got sidelined for the majority of the movie. I was holding out hope that the final act would draw me back in and give me the ending I want for the trilogy. Sadly, I hated the final 20 minutes. The action was lacklustre, it was leading up to something that I really wanted to see but eventually was never delivered. The side characters are most certainly pushed to the side but I was fine with this.
David’s son still had a purpose despite his screen time and at this point, Anya-Taylor-Joy and McAvoy go hand and hand. She is the beauty to his ‘beast’. No pun intended.
Overall, Glass was a massive let down. The action is boring, with the narrative never gripping me despite two great performances by Jackson and McAvoy. There’s an interesting twist (No surprise considering it’s Shyamalan) but it feels so rushed and shoehorned in that I couldn’t help but find it slightly ridiculous. In the end, It was at least a satisfying ending. The biggest thing I took away from Glass is McAvoy’s top rate performance.
Director: M.Night Shyamalan
Runtime: 129 Minutes