Glass is the final installment of M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘The Unbreakable Trilogy.’ The movie director has delved into science fiction, drama, mystery, horror, and now into the realm of the superhero films.
Set three weeks after the events of Split, David Dunn (Bruce Willis) manages to subdue Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy) in his Beast form, however, they are both captured by the police and sent an asylum where they are treated by Dr. Ellie Staple (Sarah Paulson), who specializes in people who believe they have superpowers. There Dunn discovers that Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson) has been there for nineteen years. Dunn’s son Joseph (Spencer Treat Clark), Elijah’s mother Mrs. Price (Charlayne Woodard) and Crumb’s only surviving victim Casey Cooke (Anya Taylor-Joy) all try to help the three from the outside. However, as the treatments continue, it becomes clear that Elijah Price is gone and Mr. Glass is waiting in the wings.
This is one of the most insightful films I have ever seen. Now, don’t get me wrong, it did have its flaws. Act 2 of the film did drag on a bit too long. They were clearly trying to set up the genius of Mr. Glass, but it lacked the sort of suspense that is notable for an M. Night Shyamalan film. It relies too heavily on foreshadowing for the middle section.
That being said, Act 1 and Act 3 are phenomenal. The opener drives home the stakes for this movie. These three people have been beaten by outside forces. Dunn was bullied and nearly drowned as a kid. Price was born with a disease that makes his bones shatter. Crumb’s father died at a young age and he was later tortured by his mother. In response, life seemed to give them bizarre gifts… or curses.
Each character is personified in a comic book trope, but Shyamalan delivers them into a real-world dynamic. Dunn doesn’t suddenly know Martial Arts after getting his powers, so he fights like an amateur when struggling with the Beast. It gives the battle of good and evil a twist of authenticity leading straight up to the shocking conclusion.
It is strange. Shyamalan truly understands comic books and their impact on culture, particularly American culture. They are unique and Shyamalan realizes it. It shows in all three films in this trilogy. From Unbreakable to Split and on to Glass, he shows the power of the narrative that can be found in comic books.
Bottom line, I can see why other critics did not care for it. It is not a superhero or comic book film as much as it is about comic book hero films. The irony of this is a lot of critics slobber over themselves attacking any hero film that isn’t Logan and when Shyamalan delivers, they get bothered. I personally enjoyed it, if nothing else for the references to DC Comics, Marvel, and even some lesser known series. Several are “blink and you’ll miss them” moments.
FAVORITE QUOTE: This was an origin story the whole time.
PARENTAL CONCERN: Violence including gore, Foul language, Disturbing images,
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