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‘Glass’ Completes Uneven Shyamalan Trilogy

Isaiah Smith, Staff

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Glass marks the third installment of director M. Night Shyamalan’s first ever movie trilogy, the Unbreakable film series. Produced by Blumhouse Productions, and distributed through Universal Pictures, Glass had an estimated budget of $20 million, and grossed over $40 million in its opening week.

The film stars notable and credible actors such as James McAvoy (Kevin Wendell Crumb), Bruce Willis (David Dunn) and Samuel L. Jackson (Elijah Price/Mr. Glass). Glass also features a few newer faces to the franchise like the 22-year old Anya Taylor-Joy, reprising her role from Split as Casey Cooke, Spencer Treat Clark as David’s son Joseph Dunn, and Sarah Paulson as psychiatrist Dr. Ellie Staple.

Glass was an eagerly anticipated sequel but overall received fairly mixed reviews from fan and critics alike, scoring a 7/10 on IMDb, but only a 36% on Rotton Tomatoes. So, is Glass a worthy addition to the Unbreakable universe? Overall, Glass is definitely a fun movie to sit through. The action is great, the story is solid enough, and characters are enthralling. Not everything in the movie makes complete sense, and some moments could come off as a little silly at times, but the movie is quite enjoyable.

One of the best parts about this movie is the acting. From start to finish each cast member plays their roles phenomenally. Willis and Jackson deliver solid performances, but the one real standout in the film is McAvoy’s portrayal of Kevin Crumb and The Horde. McAvoy, just like in Split, demonstrates his ability to make each distinct personality in Kevin’s head seem like their own unique character. Viewers will need to stop and remind themselves that various characters on the screen are not only living in the same individual, but are also all being played by the same actor. McAvoy is a grand performer and special talent.
The plot struggles, however, and not everything makes sense. Without going too much into spoiler territory, just know that there are a few moments in this movie that will have viewers scratching their heads and giving an audibly annoyed *sigh* at the most.

For instance, throughout the movie Casey frequently visits Kevin and The Horde as it is later revealed that she/her friendship is key to keeping Kevin in ‘the light.” A nice little subplot in the film, but it doesn’t really make sense when you really think about it. Why would Casey, some chick Kevin only really met briefly for a minute of two at the end of Split, all of a sudden have such an important link to him? It’s not-very-well-thought-out moments like these that really hold this movie back.

And problems in the movie aren’t caused by time constraints or inconsistent management like others’ films. The issues this movie has can pretty much be chalked up to one man, M. Night Shyamalan himself. Shyamalan is the type of director who on a good day can put out some real classics, but when left to his own devices is just as likely to write a cheesy line as his is to write a clever one. It is for this reason it is understandable for people to be on the fence when he announces a movie that appears to be as ambitious as Glass was.

Glass isn’t a flawless movie, but it is a very well-crafted film and a worthy addition to the Shyamalan universe. Everyone should go see it for themselves.

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