Glass is the movie version of the nerdy comic book kid who grows up to be successful, and then inexplicably dies at the 20 year reunion.
M. Night Shyamalan’s comic book trilogy comes to an end with Glass. In this film, we continue the stories of Unbreakable and Split, by bringing together David Dunn, Elijah Price aka Mr. Glass, and Kevin Wendell Crumb aka the Horde. As advertised, the three main characters spend most of the movie in captivity at a hospital under the watch of Dr. Ellie Staple, who is trying to cure them of their delusions of grandeur. There’s not much more to say that won’t spoil the Shyama-twists that come in the final act, but be prepared for several reveals.
The biggest reveal of all, though, is that this is not the kickoff of the M. Night CU. It’s the conclusion. I had far different expectations of the movie, and perhaps that is my fault, but for all the build up, the movie never really reached a satisfactory end. It just ended.
Let’s talk about performances. James McAvoy’s Horde (24 personalities in one body) is a sight to behold. McAvoy gives each character a consistent tone and character development, but none so charming as 9 year old, Hedwig. He keeps the great performance going through the whole movie, and is easily the highlight.
I also liked the performance of the supporting cast, Spencer Treat Clark and Anya Taylor-Joy, in particular. They did an excellent job anchoring their respective superhumans.
The story left me disappointed, though, as Shyamalan has done before. The signature twists reduce the grandeur, rather than augment it, consequently diminishing the previous and excellent entries in the series. That is not to say the movie is without merit. It has a lot of reasons beyond nostalgia to recommend it, and McAvoy’ s performance is worth seeing. I just wish it ended better.