The conclusion to M. Night Shyamalan’s superhero trilogy has finally reached us, and the result will shatter everything you thought you knew so far.
The Horde – aka the personalities that reside within Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy) – is still at large following the events of Split. David Dunn (Bruce Willis) who secretly masquerades as vigilante The Overseer is determined to take Kevin down, however neither expect the intervention of Dr Ellie Staple (Sarah Paulson).
A psychiatrist specialising in working with individuals who believe themselves to be Superheroes, her aim is to breakdown their belief that they are anything other than delusional.
Her third patient is Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson) who was institutionalised after causing the Eastrail 177 train catastrophe. Though Suffering from a condition that means his bones are brittle, Dr Staple shouldn’t mistake Elijah’s mind for being anything other than sharp.
I really really enjoyed this movie. I didn’t walk into the cinema with much expectation but I came out satisfied, curious and a little saddened in all the best ways.
The place of gathering being a psychiatric institution only added to the questionability that clouded the movie of whether or not the three main characters did or didn’t have abilities.
The fact that they brought back characters we hadn’t seen since Unbreakable (2000) added both a nostalgic touch and one of growth. It showed how far the characters we hadn’t seen in nineteen years had developed and how little in many ways the world had changed.
I love Bruce Willis, and Samuel L. Jackson was of course amazing, but can we please just take another moment since Split to admire the mildly underrated and completely multi-skilled James McAvoy for playing so many characters with such precision and distinction – switching between them all with little more than a snap. Damn.
The last point to make is that Glass didn’t go in many of the directions I was expecting and I loved it for that. This was pretty ironic as part of the trope of the trilogy is that it follows story conventions found in comic books, as continuously pointed out by Elijah aka Mr Glass. It was a clever subversion and the ultimate mind bender.
Glass could be considered quite a slow movie, and at a 129 minute running time, I wouldn’t be surprised to hear of some people being quite bored. However I think if you have seen its predecessors you’d be used to the slow boiling plot filled with subtle layers of anticipation and a whole lot of subtext.
One thing I did find was that Dr Staples was never really explained, more so in the science behind her research.
Though her end goal was clear – to cure them of the psychosis that they were special – it would have been nice to be given a little more clarity into how what she wanted to do would fix the patients.
An unconventional superhero movie in that it set its tone within the realms of reality, this movie had me questioning what is possible within ourselves as human beings.
I enjoyed the teaser that there could be more, that what we had watched across Unbreakable, Split and Glass, only just scratched the surface. Yet at the same time this movie felt as though it had come to the last chapter of its story in the best way possible.