There is no hiding now. There are superheros among us.
When “Unbreakable” was released 19 years ago, the idea of costumed beings tearing apart Philadelphia and raking in oodles of cash at the box office was a near-impossibility. The caped crusaders of this medium were so far relegated into the subculture that M. Night Shyamalan wanted to give fans a spin on the art form.
Directed by Shyamalan, “Glass” stars James McAvoy, Bruce Willis, Samuel L.Jackson, and Sarah Paulson. It is the sequel to “Unbreakable” and “Split.” This is a surprise addition that blew a lot of people’s minds, including mine.
David Dunn (Bruce Willis) uses his supernatural abilities to track Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy). Eventually, they end up in a psych ward with Mr. Glass (Samuel L. Jackson). They are interrogated by a specialist who believes that they are all under a delusion that they are superheroes, and her job is to convince them that it is all in their mind.
To say that I was excited for this movie would be a massive understatement. “Glass” has a lot to love, as the first 20 minutes are amazing. It is so good that I was almost worried. I didn’t understand how the movie would sustain for the entire runtime.
I loved the introduction to David Dunn and seeing what his life was like. I especially loved seeing Crumb, who is amazing throughout the entire movie once again. To see him reprise all of these roles that live inside of his mind, it is absolutely the best part of this film. Although, I felt Dunn’s character felt left on the sidelines for a majority of the movie. As for Elijah Price, once he decided to become active, his character is amazing.
The psych ward scenes throughout the movie are very intriguing, although they feel a bit too long. It is still fascinating to see, especially as a story about the human psyche, the condition, and how people view themselves along with the rest of the world.
This film was also very well shot and directed. Shyamalan definitely did not disappoint with Mike Gioulakis as the same cinematographer who worked on “Split.” I have to give kudos to him because the use of color and direction in this film is beautiful. Although, there is an excessive utilization of point-of-view (POV) shots, that was probably my only and biggest issue I had with the cinematography.
I was very disappointed by the ending of the film. I struggled to comprehend the way the film was ended, versus another way the film could have ended. I feel it was the kind of ending that does not feel earned. “Glass” was guaranteed to succeed, as so many fans supported Shyamalan from the beginning.
Nevertheless, I love this psychological thriller, and I wasn’t expecting this movie to be like a Marvel movie like many people were expecting it to be. I was hoping it would be the antithesis to that. In many ways, it was.
Some people may just want to see the superhero action that was hinted in the first film. Actually, there was a lot more action than I expected, with the movie opening and with some major action scenes toward the end, which were all produced very well.
I give “Glass” an 8 out of 10.