REVIEW: M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Glass’ Shatters Into A Million Confusing Pieces

Glass Unbreakable Split M. Night ShyamalanIt’s been a long road to Glass. The film is a direct sequel to 2000’s Unbreakable and 2017’s Split. The hype surrounding the film was monumental after the appearance of Bruce Willis’ David Dunn in the tag at the end of Split officially expanded this universe and made major headway for Glass to be green-lit. Every bit of footage we received slowly made Glass one of the most anticipated films of 2019. Yesterday, I finally got to see the film, and I’m sad to say that I absolutely hated it. Glass was abominable.

There have only been a few moments in my life where I’ve ever felt agonizing pain. Some I try not to talk about, but there is a moment that I will discuss with you all for the purpose of this review. Back when I was nine, my father owned a discount store and in the store there was a glass door that was pretty heavy. I tried to open the door and my finger got caught between the glass. My finger was split in two. I needed stitches and refused to go to the doctor and that caused me even more pain. The only other time that glass has caused me agony was during my screening for M. Night Shyamalan’s sequel to Unbreakable and Split, Glass.

If Unbreakable successfully dissects the superhero movie and Split pushes this realistic superhero universe forward, then the epic tragedy that is Glass is the complete antithesis of the previous films. Glass starts out in a good way. It reintroduces you to the characters you fell in love with in previous films. Bruce Willis returns as David Dunn, the hero that faced off against Samuel L. Jackson’s Mister Glass in Unbreakable. Dunn is still using his powers as a force for good and operates under his fan given name, The Overseer. 

Jackson’s Mister Glass is exactly where we last left him: in police custody. There isn’t as much to say about Mister Glass without spoiling the film, but be aware that everything is not what it seems in this one. James McAvoy helped create one of the best characters in this universe with Kevin Wendell Crumb in 2017’s Split. As we all know, Crumb has dissociative identity disorder and has a tendency of kidnapping young women, as shown in Split. His most interesting identity is The Beast.

The character is an amalgam of all the creatures he took care of in the zoo and also has some of their abilities. In Glass, Crumb and The Beast will have to take on their biggest challenge yet, The Overs… er-no, McAvoy’s portrayal of The Beast. The character worked in Split because he was shrouded in mystery and the shadows, but in this film he’s exposed and this causes The Beast to become its most laughable aspect. Meanwhile, Sarah Paulson enters the universe as a psychologist that works with people who have the delusion that they’re superheroes. She becomes a key piece in the thread that pushes the plot forward. Her main goal is to get these men (and the audience) to believe that they’re only imagining these abilities and it would work if there wasn’t concrete proof in the film that they aren’t imagining things. Paulson is fine in the movie, but as the conclusion gets complicated, her role becomes something else entirely and that isn’t exactly a good thing.

While the first two acts of the film set up some interesting threads, the third act pulls those threads completely apart and and the whole thing is as understandable as college level calculus is to a 3-year-old. This was really hard for me to get through. The film has everything it needed to be great. Good acting, OK directing, great visuals and a long history to draw from. But, Shyamalan’s script ultimately falls short. Yeah, I know. Shyamalan is usually hit or miss. However, I didn’t think there was any way he could make this a bad film, and in an insane, real-world plot twist, he did. 

That’s what the greatest plot twist of the film is. You go in thinking the film will be good, then at the end of it, M. Night Shyamalan stands in front of the theater and slaps the ticket out your hand and says “no, no, no” like Dikembe Mutombo in those GEICO  commercials. The abominable conclusion of Glass left a sour taste in my mouth. The villain’s master plan falls short and whoever had the bright idea to explain the structure of comic books as a plot device should never touch a movie again. I’m a huge fan of this cinematic universe and not liking this film stings more than the cut of the glass from the door in my father’s store.

Overall Thoughts: Glass was a major disappointment. Nothing in the film adds up. Every thread that is created in the first half of the movie disintegrates by the end. The director tries really hard to mislead the audience to believe the film will go one way and ultimately goes in a completely  different direction creating a very anti climatic ending that didn’t work for me. If you’re a fan of Unbreakable and Split, I think the film will ultimately let you down. Glass was absolutely abominable and quite possibly the worst film I’ve seen since Venom, but at least you can have fun with that one.

Rating: 5/10

Glass opens in theaters January 18th, 2019!

The Superhero Movies Of 2018, Ranked From Worst To Best

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Superhero Cinema 2018 Black Panther Avengers Thanos The Incredibles Aquaman2018 has gone by too fast. It seems like yesterday when the beginning of the new year was upon us, and the advent of having so many superhero movies hitting theaters seemed like a dream come true for every fanboy and fangirl. It’s also funny to look back and remember that although we ended up with a whopping nine major theatrical superhero movies, we almost had eleven. Sadly, Fox delayed both Dark Phoenix and The New Mutants to 2019 instead.

Even with those two films delayed, 2018 was still a massive year not just at the box office, but for the continued advancement of the genre on a number of levels. Whether it was through the cultural significance of a film like Black Panther or the exciting animated adventures of Incredibles 2 and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, there was no shortage of exciting superhero stories told on the big screen this year.

Here are the theatrical superhero films of 2018, ranked from worst to best. You can start the gallery by clicking “Next.”

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Nathaniel Brail

Nathaniel Brail

I’m just a kid from Brooklyn. Executive Editor for HH. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram @NateBrail