Following Split, M. Night Shyamalan’s stealth sequel to Unbreakable, Glass is the final piece to his trilogy of superhero’s in the real world. When David Dunn (Bruce Willis) and Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy) are captured and placed in a mental hospital with Elijah Price (Samuel L. Jackson) it falls to Dr. Ellie Staple (Sarah Paulson) to convince them that their powers can be explained away and that they are not well.
That synopsis is all I will say about the storyline here as with most Shyamalan films they are best watched knowing as little as possible. So what I want to discuss is how this film mostly succeeds in rounding out the trilogy whilst still living in Unbreakable’s shadow.
Split worked so well as a sequel because no one knew it was one until the end credits. It was essentially a thriller with James McAvoy given free rein to chew scenery with his multiple characters. Glass does not have it quite so easy as it needs to tie the earlier two films stories together and remind its audience of what happened in a film released 19 years ago. It’s great then to see camera moves reminiscent of that original film and to hear the soundtrack cues for its hero and villain. It also returns to the character monologues of the first film where they discuss the building blocks of comics and how they link to the story unfolding. And of course McAvoy gets to chew scenery again with his many characters.
After an absolutely cracking first third it slows down for quite a lot of these monologues. It’s something that I can see causing problems for some. There is also perhaps a lack of Bruce Willis after this point, given that he is the most relatable character.
As a huge fan of Unbreakable it provided me with a lot of enjoyment. But non-fans of Unbreakable, Split or Shyamalan (yes he treats us to another cameo of bad acting) absolutely have nothing to see here.
Oh and nothing happens after the credits, much to my disappointment.