Glass Film Review: Pure M. Night Shyamalan Goodness

Jordan Samuel Jordan Samuel
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January 9th, 2019

Content Editor, Film Critic and Writer for ComiConverse.com, the Founder and co-host of the official Nerdcast Network Podcast

Review of: Glass

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On January 9, 2019
Last modified:January 22, 2019

Summary:

M. Night Shyamalan delivers another solid thriller with Glass while it doesn’t set the world on fire with originality, it gives another look into the madman's brain

Review of: Glass

Reviewed by:
Rating:
3
On January 9, 2019
Last modified:January 22, 2019

Summary:

M. Night Shyamalan delivers another solid thriller with Glass while it doesn’t set the world on fire with originality, it gives another look into the madman's brain

Security guard David Dunn uses his supernatural abilities to track Kevin Wendell Crumb, a disturbed man who has twenty-four personalities.

M. Night Shyamalan (Split) is known for insane supernatural plot’s and twist endings, placing him among the most celebrated directors living in Hollywood as each of his projects have garnered praise for their originality and strange approaches to storytelling. Students across the globe have studied his approach to film, with the focus put on his unique methods. I grew up being able to appreciate M. Night Shyamalan’s (Split) movie projects, as they strayed away from generic thriller cliches and instead experiments on complex supernatural ideas. Allowing for deep conversations to be held by conspiracy theorists.

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Set months after the conclusion of Split, “Glass” follows David Dunn (Bruce Willis) hunting down a superhuman presence called the Beast (James McAvoy). He’s trying to stop Beast from taking innocent lives while battling against the brilliant supervillain Mr Glass (Samuel L. Jackson) that supposedly holds secrets about both men and their pasts.

M. Night Shyamalan brings his flair to proceedings with a unique tone that sets it apart from Unbreakable and Split. It’s a slower project than his previous outings, with the majority of the film taking place in one area and filled with hardly any use of bombastic action. Something which featured heavy in the promotional campaign for “Glass” instead Shyamalan (Unbreakable) focuses on strong character development and well-shot horror moments.

Without question this is M. Night Shyamalan’s most risky film in a while, but when “Glass” works it feels like a celebration of the directors rich past. Taking cues from Horror classics and pushing boundaries.

Does it stand alone?

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No. “Glass” doesn’t feel like a standalone film instead rewards fans of the prior instalments in M. Night Shyamalan’s Comic Book Universe. That is the movie's downfall as “Glass” fails at making us care about these characters within the runtime, instead requires audiences to catch up on prior instalments. Something that will confuse first-time watchers.

Unlike other highly successful franchises, there is something about M. Night Shyamalan’s world building which comes across unearned and forced, making “Glass” feel like Hollywood executives wet dream at various moments. Universal is banking on this being Shyamalan’s Avengers level event. Which, it is not.

So do some homework before checking out this one! It’s needed to save a ton of confusion.

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How are the performances? Does James McAvoy run circles around the cast?

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Yes, Yes Yes! James McAvoy delivers another Oscar-level performance as Kevin Wendell Crumb and Beasts. He does an excellent and outstanding job at selling the character’s varied personalities and often commanding scenes with this oddly animated monster. McAvoy acts like the T-1000 at the end of Terminator 2, which alone is worth the price of admission. M. Night Shyamalan (Split) continues to direct the hell out of this acclaimed British actor.

Obviously, both Samuel L. Jackson (Avengers: Infinity War) and Bruce Willis (Die Hard 4.0) perform excellently in their now iconic roles, as the ageing actors have a solid connection on the screen that makes for some pulse-pounding confrontations. Mr Glass tones of character development with his moments with The Beast probably being highlights of “Glass” runtime.

You won’t be disappointed with these performances! Cast & Crew shine in the Looking Glass.

Is it Weird? And does it have a shocking twist ending?

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Well….. I cannot spoil the ending in any way shape or form but M. Night Shyamalan's (Split) signature weirdness takes over proceedings and excels to another level. Nothing is left untouched from the vibrant Kevin Wendell Crumb to Mr Glass’ love for Comic Book Supervillains. Universal allows M. Night Shaymalan to go crazy.

Without question the best way to start of 2019

The bottom line: It’s Pure Unfiltered M. Night Shyamalan Goodness

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Several years ago, audiences were surprised with the multiple personalities in Split, and that continues in 2019. M. Night Shyamalan delivers another solid thriller that while it doesn’t set the world on fire with originality, it should give audiences another healthy dose of unfiltered Shaymalan fun. And that is a substantial way to kick off the upcoming year in film releases.

The madman has still got it. ComiConverse is looking forward to his next insane project because “Glass” was a rock solid gamble that manages to stay afloat in our minds.

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