Glass – Movie Review

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Please be advised that Glass is rated 15 and should only be viewed by those aged 15 and over.

Glass, the trailer impressed me (see above) but I wasn’t that excited so I didn’t really have any high hopes for it. Glass has seemed to split fans, some love it some hate it and I…. well, didn’t like it.

M. Night Shyamalan has directed some good movies like Split, Unbreakable and The Sixth Sense but then, on the other hand, he’s directed some less favourable movies like The Last Airbender, The Happening, After Earth so he can be hit and miss. It’s hard to talk about Glass without writing spoilers but I’ll try to make it spoiler-free.

The premise of the story is David Dunn (Bruce Willis) uses his supernatural abilities to track Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy), a disturbed man with multiple personalities. They both end up getting sent to a mental institution where Elijah Prince aka Mr Glass (Samuel L. Jackson) emerges as an orchestrator who holds secrets critical to both men.

Positives

The performances were good, James McAvoy gives his best performance and mostly carries the film. Seeing Crumb’s various personalities was interesting and James McAvoy portrays them brilliantly, my favourite personality is Hedwig.

Bruce Willis’s career has been like a rollercoaster, he’s been in some good movies but he’s also had his fair share of bad ones, but credit to him as you’ll see if you go watch the film that he does put effort into this film and that’s why it’s his best performance since Pulp Fiction.

Samuel L. Jackson was good, we don’t see him much but when he does get his moments on the screen you’re glued to his every move.

The rest of the performances were okay to a certain extent, nothing to praise except from the main three (Willis, McAvoy and Jackson). Elijah Price, David Dunn and Kevin’s characters are well-written. David Dunn we don’t see him often but when we do he’s doing something interest, Elijah Price, a despicable character that I enjoy when’s he’s on screen and like I’ve mentioned Kevin Crumb’s personalities, they are the best part of the movie.

The cinematography was nice, some scenes are beautiful but that’s typical of M. Night. The fights between David Dunn and The Beast were good but they fell just short in building the suspense, you’ll know what I mean when you see it.

I enjoyed the first act of the movie introducing us to the characters but after that, it fell off and I started losing interest.

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Left to Right: Jackson, McAvoy, Willis

Negatives

It’s boring. I found myself checking my phone quite a lot, especially the third act. I just couldn’t get into it, it started off promising but then it went downhill.

The writing was terrible, the way the exposition was exposed was clunky. It stick’s out, sharp as glass. The runtime didn’t need to be two hours, there was a lot that could’ve been cut out but then again the film was originally three hours long before being cut down so be thankful it was only 2 hours.

The dialogue was poor, every time someone explained exactly what was happening in the terms of comic books it made me want to leave, why do it that way?

M. Night could’ve made it more captivating but yet again he could do whatever he liked because the money came out of his pocket (£20m).

The characters except from the main three were dull and I wasn’t intrigued by any of them and if they got killed by The Beast I wasn’t really that bothered. Also, not enough Hedwig – yes I am putting that as a negative.

The second act was not as bad as the third where we get to see how David and Kevin are coping in the institution. It was all executed poorly and the characters really did nothing, there was no development.

The twist at the end was generic and underdeveloped. It’s the worst thing about the movie. I wanted to see Glass earlier but he doesn’t come in until about 30-40 minutes which I found strange as it is the film Glass.

Samuel L. Jackson – Mr Glass

Overall

Glass is a disappointing entry in the Eastrail 177 trilogy, it’s a mess. HOWEVER, James McAvoy saves the film from being a total disaster. It’s worth seeing just for his scenes, it’s the best part of the movie.

5/10

2 thoughts on “Glass – Movie Review”

  1. Matthew Hanson says:

    good review al

  2. Les Davies YEPS says:

    Been waiting to see this film for a while !

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