Review of the movie Glass: Glass seeks to reunite Unbreakable and Split, in a not very convincing whole, with the Kevin of James McAvoy now presented as a superhero of another type.
Glass movie cast: James McAvoy, Bruce Willis, Samuel L Jackson, Sarah Paulson, Anya Taylor-Joy, Spencer Treat Clark
Glass movie director: M Night Shyamalan
Glass movie rating: 2.5 stars
Names that refer to the Bible, ideas that come from comic books, stories that refer to superheroes. There are many things in Glass, an ambitious film by M Night Shyamalan, which seeks to establish its own superhero franchise. A little too maybe.
As always, the strength of Shyamalan are the spooky situations in which his deceptively modest characters find themselves. Glass is a sequel, once eliminated, of its innovative Unbreakable, which presented an unusual origin story for a superhero and a supervillain, and how one is required for the other. In the middle appeared Split, a film in which Kevin de McAvoy harbored 24 personalities as a patient of dissociative identity disorder, and only had a tangential link with Unbreakable. Glass seeks to reunite Unbreakable and Split, in a not very convincing set, with Kevin now presented as a superhero of another type.
Glass mixes the films when putting to Elijah / Mr Glass (Jackson) and David Dunn / Overseer (Willis) of Unbreakable, in the same mental facility that Kevin / David / Patricia / The Beast / etc of Split. There is an embarrassingly inept psychiatrist named Dr. Ellie Staple (Paulson) tries to “treat” the three, her specialty is to rid people of “delusions of greatness”, or the thought that they have “superpowers”. While Staple does not make convincing attempts to achieve it, the film itself stumbles when throwing us great comedy and comedy things.
Since we separated from Elijah and David 19 years ago, Elijah has been in this facility, where the genius of fragile bones has apparently been reduced to a drugged mute, immobile in a wheelchair. Of course, anyone who sees CCTV up close in that “well-guarded facility” would know it better. Meanwhile, in the outside world, David, who was aware of his superhero powers by Elijah, has been saving the world as best he could and acquired the title Supervisor. For the disguise, David wears a rain poncho, which covers his eyes more than his face, and like all superheroes, operates in the gray area of the benefactor / watchman. Kevin has only been present for the last two years, and since the last time we left him taking advantage of the young women in Split, he continues to do the same, until David makes sure that they catch him.
There is also Clark, repeating his role as David’s son, Joseph, who is the only one who knows David’s powers, apart from Elijah. Help your father’s superhero efforts through GPS, monitoring conversations with the police, etc. From the movie Split, appears Casey (Taylor-Joy), who was one of the victims of Kevin / The Beast in that movie, but has left all that behind.
Shyamalan juggles all these pieces in that mental facility, jokes about the weak jokes in tall buildings that are a “marvel” and heroes that “come” (said by Jackson himself, Nick Fury of The Avengers), packs in the characteristic plot twists that some see coming from afar, and that promises a bigger ending and a bigger meaning than the film finally gives.
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