Saturday, July 18, 2020

Review Glass (2019)

#Glass (2019): 7/10

Glass was directed by M. Night Shyamalan (‘Signs’, ‘The Sixth Sense’), and acts as a sequel to both 2016’s ‘Split’ and 2000’s ‘Unbreakable’. As sequels go, it’s nice to see a bit of continuity, even for a film as long ago as ‘Unbreakable’, with Spencer Treat Clark (‘Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’) reprising his role as David Dunn’s son Joseph, amongst others from both films.

Glass very much follows in similar footsteps to that of its predecessors in the form of a slow-burning psychological thriller. Fans of the now trilogy hoping for an all out face-off between The Beast and The Overseer may therefore be left disappointed; there are still some moments to savour, but these are left for the opening and climax of the film, with the real meat of the plot situated within a psychiatric ward.

McAvoy once again steals the show; possibly even outshining his ‘Split’ performance; the way in which he slithers in and out of the different personalities is captivating to watch, a real treat. It’s a shame we don’t get more of the other two main characters however, especially Willis’s David Dunn. After his surprise inclusion in ‘Split’, we would certainly have expected a little more face time. Sarah Paulson (‘Bird Box’) acts as the perfect foil for our protagonists as psychiatrist Ellie Staple, attempting to convince the three that they are in fact delusional.

Ultimately though, it’s the film’s final third that will make or break the experience for the majority of cinemagoers, which does offer up some really thought-provoking ideas, whilst also adhering to Shyamalan’s trademark twist, or two. Glass serves up a tasty crossover, and a satisfying conclusion to the trilogy.

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