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Where Unbreakbale and Split shine, 'Glass' cracks under pressure

Glass (2019) - IMDb

Story 

This movie picks up 3 weeks after Split left off. David Dunn, not going by the name 'The Overseer' tries to bring Kevin Wendell Crumb (dubbed 'The Horde') to justice. This doesn't go to plan and both end up at a psychiatric hospital. The same one where Mr. Glass is being held
When you look at the story laid out in Unbreakable and Split, this seems like a good direction to take the story. And for the most part, it works. However, the ending felt anti-climactic. It left me wanting and a little unsatisfied.

Acting

James McAvoy easily acts everyone under the table. His performance as Kevin Wendell Crumb/The Horde is easily one of his best. Watching him switch from one personality to the next is incredible. That ability brings with it a sense of unpredictability as you never know which personality is going to show up next. (My favourites are Patricia and Hedwig)

Samuel L. Jackson plays Elijah Price/Mr. Glass and is easily my favourite character in the film. He is incredibly charismatic and has a fantastic presence that makes you want to watch him (this also has to do with Sam Jackson being a charismatic actor) His performance is also incredibly intricate, and that is what makes it good, the small blink and you'll miss it details that add layers to the character. 

Bruce Willis' performance is the weakest of the 3. It's not bad by any stretch. It does feel subpar when you compare it to the other 2. He just doesn't have enough layers. However, I did like the contrast between is him and the other characters. Where Kevin is unpredictable and Elijah is sinister, David is straightforward which balances out the film.

The supporting cast round out the film but don't really add anything special. Sarah Paulson plays Dr. Ellie Staple, a psychiatrist who treats the main characters. Anya Taylor-Joy reprises her role as Casey Cooke from Split while Spencer Treat Clark and Charlayne Woodard reprise their roles from Unbreakable as Joseph Dunn and Mrs. Price respectively.

Writing/Direction

This film has some really interesting psychological and philosophical themes that it never fully explores, which kinda feels like a waste.  This movie also appears to have an inconsistent timeline whihc botheed me quite a bit as ai spent a few minutes trying to calculate when eveything was going on which took me out of the film. It does have the iconic M. Night twist that I wasn't expecting and came as a welcome surprise, and luckily it doesn't feel out of place. There are also subtle references to the first two movies which help to tie the whole thing together.

There is also solid direction in this movie as well as good pacing up until the last third of the movie.  M Night does a good job of bringing these characters together. The tone of this on closely mirrors Unbreakable as Split feels more like a thriller while Unbreakable feels more like a drama. However, the tone isn't wholly consistent and does change, not enough for it to be a problem but it is something I noticed. The film is also quite immersive in the way it was shot as it has multiple POV shots making it look unique.

CGI/Set Design

This film much like its predecessors doesn't have a variety of location and because of that feels very contained. It also isn't CGI heavy and what CGI it does have isn't detrimental to the film, making this a very different superhero movie.

One of the most fascinating things about this movie is its use of colour. Each of the main characters has their own distinct colour which is adds to the depiction of the characters and isn't just for aesthetic value. Details like this make the film more interesting to watch and make it more complex.

Score/Soundtrack

West Dylan Thordson returned to score this film after scoring Split. I found out that he added elements of James Newton Howard's score from Unbreakable as well as his own from Split creating an auditory link between the film. However the score in this film isn't very memorable and didn't really do anything for me, I never felt as though I should go out and listen to it once the movie was over.

Overall Thoughts

Saying M. Night Shyamalan's film are hit-or-miss is an understatement. I like some of his films e.g. Sixth Sense and Signs and hate others, i.e The Last Airbender. This film is none of those. It falls somewhere in the middle. I liked it up until the end which felt like it was missing something. I wouldn't call this a superhero movie, it's a drama with Superheros in it and feels much more grounded than most superhero films.

I actually watched Unbreakable and Split just before I watched Glass and the best way to describe it would be "A sequel to Split with characters from Unbreakable in it". It never fully lives up to its full potential. I did enjoy but I wouldn't say I was 100% happy with it.

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