Glass review

When a movie stars Bruce Willis, James McAvoy and Samuel L. Jackson, plus the great M. Night Shyamalan as its director, it is obviously going to be spectacular.

But what if that movie had these great actors and director but failed to use them to their full potential? That is precisely what happened in Glass.

Before you can understand the plot in Glass, you have to see its two predecessor films; Unbreakable and Split.

Unbreakable is the story of the sole survivor of a train crash named David Dunn played by Bruce Willis, who is indestructible and super strong. David encounters Elijah Prince (Samuel L. Jackson) who studies humans with supernatural abilities.

Split is more of a horror than anything else, as the majority of the film takes place underneath a zoo. Kevin Crumb (James McAvoy) is a man plagued with more than 20 very real and very different personalities. A few of them have seized control of his body and refer to themselves as the horde; their goal is to create a superhuman out of Kevin’s body and to destroy the pure and un-scarred people of the world. Or something like that.

But my problem was that I came into the movie only seeing Split, so Bruce Willis’s character was a little foreign to me while I was all too familiar with the psychotic Kevin Wendell Crumb.

However, I believe the way to measure a good sequel is if it is a good film all on its own and can be enjoyed without having to see the previous installations. If the sequel’s plot is too dependent on the previous films, than it simply is not a good film but rather an extension of the one before it.

So what about Glass? I would say it is a little bit of both. Without seeing Unbreakable, I was still able to get to know David Dunn and what he was all about; there was still character development. The same thing goes for Kevin. Fans would not have to see Split to know what Kevin is all about. So as far as characters go, Glass did a fine job of developing them without the help of Split and Unbreakable.

As I mentioned, Glass had a fantastic roster of actors but failed to use them to their full potentials. Samuel L. Jackson’s character was comatose for the first half of the film; that was the longest I had ever seen him not speak in a film. As for Bruce Willis, the legendary action star, he seemed to play the part of a disgruntled old man rather than the lone hero we saw in Die Hard. I will say, though, that James McAvoy did a spectacular job in both Split and Glass. It takes serious acting skills to be able to be so many different and vibrant characters. I was thoroughly impressed.

The majority of Glass involves the three characters — Elijah Prince, Kevin Crumb and David Dunn — being all locked up in a special facility that deals with people like them. The whole time Dr. Ellie Staple (Sarah Paulson) and the main characters are in a conflict. Dr. Staple is doing everything she can to convince the three that there are no superhumans and that what they experience involves delusions. I enjoyed how instead of the movie being about superheroes and just plain fiction, they explore the idea of them being self-aware and even made them question their own sanity and morals.

Overall, Glass was entertaining with some confusing parts and a stagnant setting. But despite the lacking roles, the acting was superb and action was great. As for plot holes? I did not note too many at all. I would say the biggest one was that when Kevin turned into The Beast, a psychotic superhuman/ monster, saying “Kevin Wendell Crumb” snapped him back into Kevin. This weakness was not exploited nearly enough as it should have.

Otherwise, the film was fine, but if fans plan on seeing it, I would suggest seeing Split and Unbreakable first to experience and enjoy the three-movie long story.

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