Glass (2019)

Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Writer: M. Night Shyamalan
Sequel to: Unbreakable, Split
Cast: James McAvoy, Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, Anya Taylor-Joy, Sarah Paulson, Spencer Treat Clark, Charlayne Woodard, Luke Kirby, Adam David Thompson, M. Night Shyamalan
Seen on: 24.1.2019

Content Note: ableism/saneism

After abducting several girls, Kevin Crumb (James McAvoy) is on the run, but security guard slash vigilante David Dunn (Bruce Willis) is on his tail. When David catches up with Kevin, they are both apprehended by the police. They are both brought to an institution where Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson), who was caught by Dunn 20 years earlier, is also housed. All three of them are attended by psychiatrist Ellie Staple (Sarah Paulson) who tries to show them that they aren’t actually superpowered, but psychotic. But there is also something else going on, something that could threaten everything.

I didn’t expect much of Glass but it managed to not even fulfill those meager expectations. It’s a nonsensical, ableist mess that’s not even fun.

The film poster showing Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson), Kevin Crumb (James McAvoy) and David Dunn (Bruce Willis). They are sitting next to each other, but their reflections on the floor are standing tall, looking like villains.

That the ableism and saneism that was ever present in Split and Unbreakable wouldn’t be gone in Glass – that I was prepared for. That the film wouldn’t outdo itself in portraying a realistic psychiatric facility – sure (although the way things were organized absolutely set my teeth on edge). But those were almost the film’s smallest problems.

The film is simply a narrative mess and the way it talks about comics made me wonder whether anyone involved had ever actually held a comic in their hands. I mean, they must have, but it shows so little understanding of … everything … I wish they just had let it be. Showdown, for example, is not a special comic vocabulary. And were we supposed to understand that rambling about limited editions? Because it was incomprehensible to me, but I think, utterly convinced that it was supersmart.

Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy) and Mrs Price (Charlayne Woodard) standing in an office.

Add to that the film is simply superlong, boring and doesn’t actually have anything to say that hasn’t been said before – and better – and you have a pretty insufferable movie on your hands. A movie that has shallow to entirely empty characters and no plot to speak off.

I can’t really say anything good about what is going on here. I should be able to point at a good cast at least, but even here, the film gives them so little to do that not even that works. Nothing about this film works and I can barely bring myself to be disappointed by it.

Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy) trying to comfort Kevin (James McAvoy).

Summarizing: just no.

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