“Glass” is directed by M. Night Shyamalan and is the final entry in the Unbreakable series or the “Eastrail 177” trilogy. Everything from the previous two entries come full circle here in this movie in this epic conclusion. All of the main characters from the last two come together here for a grand finale.
First things first, I liked the first two movies. But this one felt very sub-par and underwhelming.
Some of the performances in the film were good, particularly for James McAvoy. He still delivers a funny, yet creepy persona for his character of Kevin Crumb. I loved every scene he was in. Seeing all the many personalities coming through, including the Beast, was fun. Samuel L. Jackson as Mr. Glass was good. Albeit he spends the first half of the movie twitching his face which was kind of goofy. But when he does finally speak, he is good, as he is still the same character as he was in the first film. Being a fan of comic books and wanting to show the world what he, Kevin Crumb, and David Dunn can do.
The cinematography can be really well shot, but it can get overboard, which I’ll definitely get to in a bit.
The color aesthetic in certain scenes depicting the three main characters was nice, to keep in tone with them. David is green, Kevin is yellow, and Mr. Glass is purple. Though the pink room in the trailer still looked odd and it was puzzling me for why it was this color.
I would say the first half of this movie was the best and then it started to go downhill with its pace/story-telling. The first half was pretty good at establishing the characters of David Dunn, played by Bruce Willis, and Kevin Crumb played McAvoy. The first one on one battle they had was cool. Seeing these two supers go at it at in that scene and towards the end was fun. But once the movie goes into the psychiatric hospital setting, that is where it goes down. The pacing, once it reaches here, becomes slow and does get boring as there isn’t a lot of action. There isn’t anything happening or anything interesting going on. Then when the movie does come back to the action, it comes off as uninteresting and by that point, one wants to see the movie end, but it just keeps on going and going.
Now this is a Shyamalan film and this is where quite a bit of the negative come from. There were a couple of good performances. But a majority of the actors/actresses don’t have a lot of range. A lot of it was bland, wide-eyed, and uninteresting. Willis was pretty forgettable, as the film primarily focuses on Jackson and McAvoy. There wasn’t anything too special with him in this movie as opposed to in the first film. Many characters from the previous films come together and I do like that the same people from “Unbreakable” came here. But there wasn’t anything to them. They were just there and that’s it. Though when all those characters do come together in front of the hospital, it was extremely coincidental for them all to come, right when the climax was happening.
The cinematography in the movie was all over the place. It seemed like Shyamalan wanted to use every film making technique in the book. A vast majority of the shots are symmetrical to a T. Everything with the props and sets are lined, with a character right dab in the middle. A character is right in the middle of a shot and they are all just looking straight at the camera. One is just begging the cinematographer to move back a few inches. The camera movements where it was panning in a few scenes were unnecessary. The symmetry in the film is insane, as there was one scene where a car is driving up to the front of the hospital. To which the middle of the car is lined perfectly to the median pole up towards the stairs leading up to the building. Symmetry in a shot is great, but, a little variation would be nice. Sometimes in the film, there are not so good shots. As there was one scene where McAvoy was over on the left of the screen on the very edge, leaving 90% of the shot on the right empty and void.
Of course with it being a Shyamalan film, there needs to be not one, but two twists. To which they weren’t really all that great or surprising. The first twist came off forced. Kevin’s dad on the same train that David was in from the first movie, was totally pointless. There was no need for Kevin’s backstory to tie into the train incident. The second twist, one could see quite easy if they look hard enough. Basically, Mr. Glass recorded footage of the supers battling each other. Thus giving past supporting characters a chance to reveal the existence of them to the world. It’s not all that surprising really as one already knew that Mr. Glass wanted to show the existence of people with great gifts to the public.
Not a worthy conclusion to this trilogy. There were a couple of nice performances, a few of the production choices were cool, and the first half is the best. But it just leaves one wishing they could have seen something more with this conclusion.