Saturday, March 2, 2019
Glass **1/2 (2019)
Glass, the third of M. Night Shyamalan's comic book trilogy, tries to be different and almost succeeds. With Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson reprising their roles from Unbreakable and James McAvoy from Split all together, Glass showed promise to be a return to form for Shyamalan. The plot involves the three characters introduced in earlier films confined in a special hospital where a psychologist played by Sarah Paulson keeps them under observation. Willis was a security guard who discovers he's indestructible, Samuel L. Jackson a wheelchair bound supervillian, and McAvoy a dangerous man with multiple personalities. I'm a big fan of Unbreakable - a precursor to the modern comic book movies that told a great story. The TV show Heroes ran with a similar concept, namely, that there are people with super human abilities secretly among us. The last 20 minutes of Glass attempts to pull out the rug from under the audience, a bold move, but lacking in the emotional resonance that carried Shyamalan's early work. So we end up with a comic book movie that feels like One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest with superheroes.