Glass (2019)

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Glass is a sequel to both Unbreakable and Split and picks up with Kevin and his split personalities (James McAvoy) and David (Bruce Willis) being captured by a psychiatrist Elise (Sarah Paulson) where she wants to cure them of the delusion that they along with Mr. Glass (Samuel L. Jackson) are superheroes.

James McAvoy continues to astound with his performance here, he is both disturbing and fascinating to watch. But for a film named after the character Mr. Glass, he does not play as big of a role as I initially thought. It’s nice to see Bruce Willis not acting like a zombie in a film and see what he and his son have been doing since the events of Unbreakable. And while I really enjoyed seeing these three characters interact, I wish they interacted more than they actually did. And for the supporting characters, I don’t really buy that Ana Taylor Joy’s character from Split would be willing to reach out to and help Kevin. And though I love Sarah Paulson, she felt very one-note and cliche to me.

Color here is used pretty brilliantly and some of the shots are gorgeous. Though director, M. Night Shamalyan, uses a bit too many shaky POV shots for my taste. I would say Glass is the weakest of the three films in this trilogy, but it is not bad by any means.

However, the last act of the film was a bit disappointing, though I enjoyed the first two acts. The “twist” that happens in the film wasn’t what I was hoping for. And when you really think about the “twist” that happens in the film, it doesn’t really make sense in the grand scheme of things and diminishes what happened in the first two acts.

But, while the ending wasn’t the greatest I still enjoyed the film for what it was. I give Glass a B-

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