Glass (2019) – Summary/ Review (with Spoilers)

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All I’m going to say is, Glass’ ending is the end of this trilogy, but could very well be used to launch another. But you may not want it.


Director(s) M. Night Shyamalan
Written By M. Night Shyamalan
Date Released 1/17/2019
Genre(s) Action, Sci-Fi
Good If You Like The Best Parts of Unbreakable & Split
Isn’t For You If You Think Trilogies Should Have Epic Conclusions
Noted Cast
Kevin James McAvoy
David Bruce Willis
Joseph Spencer Treat Clark
Elijah Samuel L. Jackson
Ms. Price Charlayne Woodard
Dr. Staple Sarah Paulson
Casey Anya Taylor-Joy

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Glass Plot Summary (Ending on 2nd Page)

It has been 19 years since the events of Unbreakable and not too long since the events of Split. Since then, Kevin’s horde has killed more people, David has been trying to hunt him down, with Joseph’s help, and Casey has been in a foster home just listening to the news. As this happens, Elijah sits, sedated, and his mother visits him almost weekly so he isn’t too detached from the outside world.

However, one day, a woman named Dr. Staple, finds herself engaging with the three men. David and Kevin after being taken in, just as David was about to dispense justice, and Elijah brought in because his sense of grandeur is quite high too. Over the course of three days, she tries to convince the three there is nothing superhuman about them – there are logical reasons they can do what they do. But, whether or not she breaks through, stops these three from raising hell, especially Elijah now that he has the perfect partner, or rather minion, you’ll have to see the movie to know.

Highlights

It Was Interesting To A Point

Elijah (Samuel L. Jackson), Kevin (James McAvoy), and David (Bruce Willis) sitting in a room together.
Elijah (Samuel L. Jackson), Kevin (James McAvoy), and David (Bruce Willis)

While Unbreakable was a far better movie than Split, the crashing of the two movies at first was appealing. We had David hunting The Beast, the Horde surprised David could hold his own against their mystical savior, and then Dr. Staples comes in. She begins to break down the Horde, deconstruct our heroes, and while her arguments are never good enough to lead you to question what was real, she gets to them.

With that done, we see a downward spiral and Mr. Glass being injected in then begins a swirl of chaos. The kind of which he promises as grand events as he caused up to the end of Unbreakable. Leading you to believe we are going to get one bombastic ending to this trilogy that was 19 some odd years in the making.

Criticism

The Ending

But the movie ultimately doesn’t deliver. Dancing around what happens, let’s just say the ending isn’t satisfying at all. It is the kind of nail in the coffin made to make sure there can never be a true sequel. Yes, you could create a spin-off, but nothing is left to push the desire to want one. For what assumingly might be a twist of some kind, which Shyamalan is known for, and has grown weaker over time, is just eye-roll inducing and makes you wish this film wasn’t made.

On The Fence

The Personalities of Kevin

Hedwig (James McAvoy) teasing some girls being held captive.
Hedwig (James McAvoy)

As with Split, Kevin’s personalities, specifically Patricia and Hedwig, remain a selling point for the movie. For while Jackson gets to remind us why Mr. Glass was so formidable and intriguing in Unbreakable, it’s clear this movie is barely about him. It’s really about closure. Which does deal with Mr. Glass but until we reach that point, yet another twist, Hedwig entertains us, and etc., and Patricia, the speaker of the horde, as well as McAvoy switching between them seamlessly, is perhaps one of the few things which keeps this movie interesting.

Even though, like David and Elijah, you feel like the characters you fell in love with are watered down and being put out there more for money than to conclude a story. Well, conclude it in a way which will satisfy anyone beyond Shyamalan.

Overall: Mixed (Divisive) | Purchase, Rent, Get Tickets, or Merchandise On (Fandango/ Amazon)

It really is the ending that messes it all up. Glass’ ending is the kind which comes from when you don’t know how to end something, so you create one just to say you have a draft done. You know, thinking, as you re-read what you what, things happen in life, you’ll come up with a new, better ending. However, what we get feels like the most terrible ending you can imagine. Especially considering the length of time between the first movie and this one. I’d even say that Glass, as with Split, shouldn’t be considered connected to Unbreakable at all. They should be ignored like how Star Wars fans would rather ignore the prequels than accept them being canon.

Hence the mixed label. For maybe a good hour or so, Glass seemed like everything you could want and more. Mr. Glass was going to play the perfect villain with a beast by his side who could fight as he could not. A rematch of sorts, if not revenge, after David found him out, got him imprisoned, and didn’t even have the courtesy to visit. Yet, instead, we got a movie which has some weak ass twists and an ending which both sets up a new trilogy and makes you want to forget this one.


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