Movie Review: Glass


Universal Pictures


Glass serves as a sequel to 2000’s Unbreakable and 2017’s Split. Glass reunites hero David Dunn (portrayed by Bruce Willis), villain Mr. Glass (portrayed by Samuel L. Jackson), and Kevin Wendell Crumb (portrayed by James McAvoy’s) in a superhero-inspired movie. It’s safe to say Glass was one of the highly anticipated films of January. Split was already a highly-rated suspense film that carried no great expectations until the twist at the end that revealed a sequel when Bruce Willis as David Dunn had a cameo at the end of the film. After that, Glass became more than just another Shyamalan film. It is now seen as the apex of the three movie sequel. It was expected for Shyamalan to blow everyone away with Glass, which is perhaps why the divisive film is receiving a harsh backlash.

Concluding the story which began in Unbreakable, the director tried to find a unique way to bring the protagonists, antagonists, and their supporting cast together into a new story that paid homage to the old thematic threads. Also, he wanted to incorporate multiple of his trademark Big Twists. Unbreakable was a superhero origin story, but its story is only truly completed by Glass. In Unbreakable, David Dunn finally accepts that he’s been special all his life and begins to explore his potential, but this was only part of Elijah Price’s plan. Elijah rewarded his lifelong belief that there are superhumans in the world and wanted to document their real-life existence. Glass expands the canvas and becomes the origin story of an entire superhero universe – as well as of the opposing force that means to suppress and eliminate people with special abilities (Somewhat similar to the X-Men series).

M. Night Shyamalan first poster for his newest movie “Glass.”

The results have had mixed reviews from both the critics and the fans – most of which were terrible – but some of the cruel and bitter criticism is unfair. Glass certainly has many flaws – which includes lack of enticing content and a somewhat confusing ending – but it is also a compelling story that stirs discussion and thoughtful consideration amongst the viewers. Fans who expected something similar to The Avengers or Justice League might have been disappointed not knowing what to expect from a film like Glass. While critics may have been left confused by Shyamalan’s vision, but it’s worth looking through Glass to see that it’s a much more interesting film than the bad reviews indicate. Overall, the movie is worth the watch despite such harsh criticism.