So I just finished watching M Night Shyamalan’s new film, Glass…
Glass picks up where Split left off, with Kevin and his other personalities tormenting more people around Philadelphia. However, David Dunn, known as The Overseer, has tracked Kevin down and fights The Beast. However, the cops come and they are taken into custody by a psychiatrist named Ellie Staple. Kevin and David are then housed in the same facility as a man named Elijah, known better to the world as Mr. Glass. While they are all there, Kevin and Glass hatch a plan to escape, and goat David into one final battle.
Wow. Way to piss that good will away after one movie earned it all back. Great job M Night.
Lets start with what I liked. Good characters and performances (James McAvoy was baller as Kevin and all his personalities), decent cinematography and editing, decent score, some fun action scenes, etc.
M Night’s flare for visual film making is there. The set design, and the shot composition was all very interesting and very unique. The POV shots he used were quite something, and really enhanced the scenes they were used in.
But mother of god, the script for this film was so fucking BAD. This film is so bland and boring and kind of weak. I saw both plot twists coming, it was a hodge podge of cliches and tropes, the way they connected Split and Unbreakable was so laboured…it was just a complete bore and it gave me a headache.
But worst of all, the blandness isn’t the problem. It’s M Night’s sanctimonious blithering on about the genre the movie is apart of. He goes on these not so subtle rants about how comic book fans are suckers and the genre is a cynical cash grab that devolves into genericism. Like, buddy, if that’s the stance you’re gonna take, MAKE AN INTERESTING MOVIE. Don’t just make the bland bullshit you’re ranting about. Subvert tropes, create interesting characters, etc.
Overall, this was a huge disappointment. Split was a fluke, and he wasted all of that excitement on this. Fuck M Night, I swear to god. I guess if you want a conclusion to the Unbreakable trilogy, you should see it, but skip it otherwise.
4.5 out of 10