With James McAvoy being the main highlight of the film, Glass felt more like a Split 2.0.
This post for Glass contains spoilers.
The third movie in the Unbreakable franchise returns with all three comic book inspired characters—David Dunn “The Overseer” (Bruce Willis), Elijah “Mr. Glass” Price (Samuel L. Jackson), and Kevin Wendell Crumb plus 20 other personalities (James McAvoy)—reuniting at a psychiatric institution, where they are being treated by psychiatrist Dr. Ellie Staple (Sarah Paulson)
Unlike every film critic that has posted about how disappointed they are about Glass (2019, directed by M. Night Shyamalan) and director Shyamalan’s decisions for the film, I feel quite differently about what everyone is yapping about.
Most people were upset about the third act of the film, specifically the way Shyamalan decided to end things. Without giving away major spoilers, I thought the ending seemed fitting for the plot twist of the film. There is even potential for a spin-off movie if Shyamalan is up for it, but of course he would need to figure out what new and refreshing characters he can bring into this franchise.
McAvoy, who plays at least 20 characters in Glass, is truly the biggest standout in this film. Even my friend, whom I watched the movie with, said that he was “amazing” in it. It’s so fascinating how he can bring nuances to each individual character that he is playing. Hedwig—the forever 9-year-old kid—is by far the most interesting and hilarious personality of Kevin. He’s constantly talking about hip-hop music, and his childlike innocence is what makes audiences sympathise Kevin—who is the host of The Horde. I was also particularly intrigued by the bond that Kevin shared with his former victim Casey Cooke (Anya Taylor-Joy), and I wish more screen time could have been given to her character as well.
Even though the film is called Glass, Jackson’s screen time is not even comparable to the screen time given to Paulson’s psychiatrist character Dr. Staple and Willis’ superhero character The Overseer. But perhaps, Mr. Glass has had a good run in Unbreakable and it was time for other superhero characters to take the spotlight.
Paulson’s earnest portrayal of Dr. Staple was all a scam, as revealed in a cutaway shot that she was part of a secret society known for getting rid of people who believe they have special abilities. I didn’t see it coming that Dr. Staple was evil all along; I thought she was just an incompetent psychiatrist who didn’t know what to do with the three patients. Also, Paulson’s acting in Glass felt awfully familiar, it was as if she was playing one of her many characters from American Horror Story.
As compared to the previous two films in this franchise, Glass is lacking in a lot of ways, but it’s definitely still worth a watch in theatres. If you haven’t seen any of the previous two films, you probably wouldn’t understand the context of Glass, I highly recommend you check those two out first!