Review: Glass

My anticipation of the newest M. Night Shyamalan film, Glass, was solely based on my enjoyment of the previous two franchise movies, Unbreakable and Split. The plot and characters build in this one, so it would be worth sitting down and seeing the others first if you missed either. Because for me, what Shyamalan does in this one is…wait for it…shattering. But hold on, because I’ll come back to that.
This movie, like most of his cinematic achievements (and disappointments) plays with twists in the story. It’s pretty much his signature move, and there are a few times he does it very well. I would include Glass among that list. David Dunn (Willis), Elijah Price (Jackson), and Kevin Wendell Crumb (McAvoy) are playing a game of heroes and villains, even though it takes the movie 90 minutes to get there. Yes, the bulk of this movie is quite slow-paced, much like Unbreakable, but I think the end justifies the means for this one. The story keeps you guessing at why the three characters are where they are, what is really happening, and how it will all end? And as the psychiatrist attempts to cure them, it only heightens their human traits of strength and resolve.
Now, there is no outer space in this movie. There is no mention of infinity stones or masked vigilantes or web-slinging. There is no skybeam. But there is a confined, intentional nature of this superhero movie, and that is what really sets it apart from our modern-day superheroes on screen. This movie was seemingly directed with the purpose of bringing our expectations of what the genre looks like back to earth. It reminds us nerds of the superhero tropes that we fell in love with when we first read comic books, and it uses them perfectly. The hero. The villain. The struggle. The connections. The final showdown. So, if you just want to watch a superhero movie without all of the “background noise,” then please check this one out.
That’s all I’m going to say about this film, because like most films with plot twists, if you say too much you end up inadvertently spoiling it all for someone. And I don’t want backlash from any readers, so just go see the movie and let me know what you think! I’m excited to have stepped out of the Awards genre for a quick breath, as the next review will now certainly be If Beale Street Could Talk, as I try to catch it before it leaves theatres. Cheers!

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