glass

DIRECTOR: M. Night Shyamalan (the sixth sense, unbreakable, split)
STARRING: bruce willis, samuel L. Jackson, James Mcavoy, and sarah paulson

 

REVIEWER: lyall carter

★★★★

Security guard David Dunn uses his supernatural abilities to track Kevin Wendell Crumb, a disturbed man who has twenty-four personalities.

Unbreakable was the first M. Night Shyamalan movie I watched. I was so shocked, surprised, and in love with this newly discovered film maker that I biked straight down to the video shop (it was in the days of multiple video shops and the swiftest transport I had was my paper run bike) and rented and readily consumed The Sixth Sense. Again my mind was blown and I've been a fan of his work ever since. 

Sure Shyamalan had a couple of misfires but then with Split we were surprised and shocked again but this time at the end of the film we were silently fist pumping into the air. In the world of the film obsessives Glass carries a weight of expectation that is usually only reserved for the shoulders of Marvel or Star Wars. And I am quite happy to report that it pretty much meets every single one. 

The Beast has killed again and has captured more innocent victims. As David Dunn seeks to track him down they are both captured and sent to a psychiatric ward that also houses Elijah Price. Here Dr. Ellie Price, a specialist, attempts to convince all three men through logic and demonstration that they aren't really 'super heroes' but merely deluded. 

I'll leave the plot details there - again this is a spoiler free review. But as I was sitting there in one particularly dialogue heavy scene that was dragging, I was thinking of this review. Well, its going to be a three then, I thought. 

But I had forgotten one particular aspect of a Shyamalan film: its always a long game. You get hints at the cards he has but he doesn't play them all until the very, very end. And with Glass its a pretty strong hand. 

Sure there are a few plot holes but they're not gaping, festering ones, just a slight annoyance that can be more than forgiven in the larger scheme of the narrative. Glass delivers everything you need in terms of the Unbreakable and Split stories and then some. 

James McAvoy is out of this world crazy good. Because his Professor X duties seem to dominate his acting schedule you forget what a truly talented actor he really is. Until you see him play all of the multiple characters here. He is both compassionate and cruel, hilarious and wet yourself scary. Samuel L. Jackson and Bruce Willis add a much needed balance to McAvoy's insanity and its terrific seeing them back together on the big screen. 

One of the most anticipated movies of the year largely lives up to the hype. M. Night Shyamalan really is back. 

Glass does not disappoint. It meets all your expectations and then some, masterfully bringing the Unbreakable /Split story to a close. Or has it?

★★★★

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Glass is available on DVD, Blu-ray, 4KUHD, and digital from all good disc and digital retailers. 

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