Glass (2019) Movie Review


Glass - Official Trailer [HD]


M. Night Shyamalan brings together the narratives of two of his standout originals—2000’s Unbreakable, and 2016’s Split, in one explosive, all-new comic-book thriller: Glass. Bruce Willis returns as David Dunn as does Samuel L. Jackson as Elijah Price, known also by his pseudonym Mr. Glass. Joining them are James McAvoy, reprising his role as Kevin Wendell Crumb and the multiple identities who reside within, and Anya Taylor-Joy as Casey Cooke, the only captive to survive an encounter with ‘The Beast’. Following the conclusion of Split, Glass finds Dunn pursuing Crumb’s superhuman figure of The Beast in a series of escalating encounters, while the shadowy presence of Price emerges as an orchestrator who holds secrets critical to both men.


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GLASS Final Trailer (2019)

Here is my best attempt at a spoiler-free review of Glass.

Glass is the third installment in what my friends and I are calling, The Fragments Series. It started with Unbreakable, a masterpiece of a film, which was released in the year 2000, Split which came out in 2017, and Glass which comes out January 19, 2019.

Glass has everything and is everything you would want in a film of its kind. It’s unpredictable, thrilling, very, very funny, and very satisfying. As a standalone film it’s excellent, but I highly recommended doing what my friends and I did prior to watching Glass and re-watch the first two films. For us, it was the first time watching Split, which was also excellent, and a worthy companion to Unbreakable. The three films together make up one very odd, yet incredible trilogy. A lot of characters from both Unbreakable and Split make appearances in Glass, we are also gifted with some new characters who help expand the world the trilogy takes place in and set up future events.

All of the actors give a beyond stellar performance in what is in my opinion a culmination of all of the performances in their careers. James McAvoy once again steals the show with rapid fire succession of character changes, dialects, accents, pitches, and tones. They were all different, but subtle enough to still be a fragment of Kevin’s subconsciousness. Honestly, Robin Williams would be proud. The Beast is a sentient creature who represents the highest form of humans‘ evolution. That character is a better version of Bane than what you could find in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, or in the upcoming season of Gotham. In actuality, it’s more of a combination of Carl Rudolph Stargher and his alter Ego, The Demon King/ Evil Doer as played by Vincent D’Onofrio in The Cell, and Tom Hardy’s Bane. At least that is my opinion and also makes for some very funny jokes, which If I made now would spoil the movie.

The story takes place, I believe it’s 15 days after the events of Split and The Horde is out collecting more of the “Impure” in order to satiate the appetite of The Beast and David Dunn and his son are on the trail. See, all three films appear to happen in real time, which is a total of 19 years. It’s constantly being referenced in the movie. In fact, when watched consecutively, it’s pretty Meta. Parts of Split and Glass were actually setup in Unbreakable. It’s been stated that the Horde and Beast were part of the original script for Unbreakable, only a fragment of which made it to the final pages, and onto screens.

David Dunn meets a very young Kevin aka The Beast/Horde! [ Unbreakable - Split - Glass ]


I can’t really say much more without entering spoiler territory so I am going to end things here. All of the tension built up in Split carries over into Glass and it does not let off till the end, allowing only a few moments of breathing room where we are given some important plot details, and moments of mind-fuckery and misdirection. Glass loves to play with some pretty deep subjects like identity, and the limits that not only society sets for us, but those we impose on ourselves. There are parts that are intended to make the characters and the viewers question what they saw in the past films, as well as what is going on it.

Forget subverting expectations and trying to predict what is going to happen next, Glass will keep you guessing at every turn, so just go along and enjoy the ride. Scenes you may think will end one way, end in a completely unexpected manner as did Glass. There were moments I thought they were going to call back to Unbreakable, only for it to not happen. Many of these were with Mr. Glass. This is very much his movie, but don’t worry every character is given a chance to shine, and shine they do. Personally I’m satisfied with how the film concluded. Depending on if you wanted a full on direct sequel to Unbreakable or Split, you may feel differently. I enjoyed both movies equally but for different reasons, I really enjoyed the hell out of Glass and do feel it does right by both Unbreakable and Split.

Toward the third act you may be a little bit confused and feel as if you don’t have all of the pieces to this grand puzzle unfolding in front of you. That may be because, since Split was released there have been plans for the franchise to continue as a television or streaming series. Similar to the Continental which is a T.V. series based in the world of John Wick. Whether that happens or not I think largely depends on how well Glass does. So this what I have to say. Go out and watch this fucking movie.

Fuck Rotten Camel Toe, that site is worth less than garbage. Forget The Last Fender Bender and how hot Bryce Dallas Howard looks when wet. This is a world that I want to dive deeper into and explore the hell out of. Any issues one could have with Glass would enter the realm of nitpickery. Glass was done on a budget of Twenty Million Dollars and is far superior to films that have budgets of $200 million dollars or more. I am very much hoping that it is a full on return to form for M. Knight Shamalama no longer a dingdong.  

Once again I would like to thank The Sly Fox Club and AMC Theaters for their service and the opportunity to attend so many early screenings. 

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John Lemus

I'm a 35 year-old Cuban who works in Hialeah, FL. I'm really into comic books and comic book culture and I have a particular fondness for independent comics. Which is why I started the Indie Comics Showcase. Follow me on Twitter @indie_comics!