Nathan is a film critic and aspiring author with a true passion for the film industry & hopes his writings will help launch his careers.
Worlds collide after 19 years of waiting as M. Night Shyamalan's Glass concludes the trilogy that began with Unbreakable back in 2000. While the anticipation and the wait was worth it for the most part, the film fell apart in the ending which has unfortunately been a problem with Shyamalan's films since The Village.
Glass follows David Dunn, who now has his own security shop which he co-runs with his son Joseph. David still hunts criminals and ne'er-do-wells and saves innocent people from harm. Since 2016 though, after the events of Split, David has been hunting Kevin Crumb aka The Horde. His searching has finally paid off and faces off with him. They're both cornered, however, and put in a psychiatric institution...the same institution where Mr. Glass himself just happens to be. Glass hatches a diabolical plan once again to prove that superhumans do exist.
Despite its flaws, Glass is a well-constructed, well-made film. The writing and directing are both some of the best that Shyamalan has done in years. While Split was a horror, which is something he's well-known for, Unbreakable and Glass both remained on the mystery side of the line. I think that's what I appreciated most about this film. It kept you thinking and guessing the whole time.
The acting was spot-on, the standout being James McAvoy. He took what he accomplished in Split and dialed it up a level. He exhibited a total of 20 personalities in the film. It's a shame we'll never get to see what those last 4 were but still, that's impressive. There have been many films about Dissociative Identity Disorder, mostly it's 2 identities, maybe 3, but I think McAvoy is the first to display someone with 24 identities. And he did it not in just one film but two!
Samuel L. Jackson has never once let me down as far as his acting goes. He's always the most intense, the most cunning, or the creepiest in the room. Being outshined by someone isn't usual, but he also said himself that he was astounded by McAvoy's acting.
All right, I've put it off long enough. It's time to talk about this ending. Don't worry, I will avoid any and all spoilers so carry on reading. I just want to say that it definitely wasn't expected, which is a good thing, but it was extremely underwhelming. I understand that Shyamalan wanted to keep his superhuman trilogy grounded and based more in reality and in many ways I appreciate and respect that. In a day where the Marvel Cinematic Universe reigns supreme which also inspired other universes and shows, Shyamalan managed to remain original.
I believe what made the ending so underwhelming was the fact that it built and built and built only to have everything end so suddenly and quickly. Everything was explained, sure, but there wasn't much substance in the conclusion.
Overall, I was happy with the film. It brought everyone together in a smart and fantastic way and, while I think the way it all ended was necessary, I also felt that there could have been much more added to give fans the satisfaction they've waited nearly two decades for. I give Glass a 3.5 out of 4.
*As a side note, be warned there are several scenes of bright flashing lights which could trigger an attack in people prone to seizures or migraines.
© 2019 Nathan Jasper
Scribbling Geek from Singapore on January 18, 2019:
What you commented about the ending is sad to read; I'm greatly looking forward to watching this tomorrow. But I guess endings are often the hardest part to write.