Glass: Review by @Kush_Hayes
As documented now, I was not a fan of Unbreakable, but loved Split.
Now that first detail was confusing for awhile. Again, as noted, Unbreakable, M Night Shyamalans sophomore feature checked off all the boxes for me, but for some reason, that still puzzles me to this day, I did not enjoy the movie. Great actors, giving great performances. A great premise. I guess theres a “twist”. But ultimately it left me empty.
Fast forward over time, some movies are ok, most are not. It gets to a point where seeing the name M Night Shyamalan in a trailer will make an entire audience laugh. Then he hooks up with Blumhouse. And they reign him in. They tell him “Do more with less.” And from what I hear, it works. People enjoyed spending January with M Night as the two forces present 2015s The Visit. Then we get to Split. As noted I was late to the party on Split, but it was a situation of you loved it, or you havent seen it. Believe the hype on Split. And then we have the stinger or end credit scene that leads us to our feature this week: Glass
The first 30 mins of Glass is swinging for the fences and can not be denied. It is very satisfying to the point where you are getting amped up by the time we get our characters to Raven Hill Memorial Psychiatric Hospital, things slow down to cold molasses. And where in Unbreakable and Split we didnt necessarily know we were watching a Comic Book movie, we are only reminded of it every 10 - 15 mins as we enter Act 2. And when Bruce Willis is the only one not selling the comic book premise, the story comes off hollow.
Everyone gives a good performance. You like how Willis approaches the return to his character 19 years later. Anya Taylor Joy and Sarah Paulson have some good scenes together. But its Samuel L Jacksons catatonic state and James McAvoys speed dialing the 23 characters at a lighting pace, these two should be considered for some award in 11 months.
What they do with the hospital and the patients rooms are great along with the color palette to match that characters tone.
This movie is ultimately disappointing. It starts off strong and then we never leave the hospital. Too many times I shrugged my shoulders thinking “What does that have to do with anything” or something similar. When we get to the “twist” or “reveal” is pretty weak. I dont hate it, its not great. I dont recommend seeing it in the theater.
Three out of Six Blueberries.