Movie Review: Glass


In the history of movies, one could easily argue that the best ending for any film ever made was “The Sixth Sense”, released in 1999. The Sixth Sense was both written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan and this one movie that he created 20 years ago has been both a curse and a blessing for his career. Its a blessing because of the greatness of the storytelling and screenwriting and a curse because The Sixth Sense was so well made that following it for Shyamalan has been close to impossible. In fact Shyamalan after hitting such a huge home run in 1999 has made some bad movies over the years, in an ongoing attempt to reach the heights of the Sixth Sense. Shyamalan has never been able to make a movie as great as The Sixth Sense, but in my opinion, in terms of a great story and incredible ending, “Unbreakable” released in 2000 was close. Despite all of this, you cannot help but be extremely impressed with Shyamalan’s dedication to both screenwriting and directing his own movies considering all the trial and error, failed ideas, failed scripts and hard work it takes to create any movie. Shyamalan even mortgaged his entire house to make one movie several years ago and could have lost everything if the movie failed. Making movies is a gamble for everybody involved and then add the critics who can be both cruel and extremely wrong a great deal of the time.

The new movie “Glass” is Shyamalan’s attempt to bring Unbreakable and the good movie Split, released in 2016 together in a final trilogy, that according to Shyamalan he planned from the beginning. Unfortunately, Glass is a bad movie, with an ending that was muddled and made very little logical sense. Perhaps Shyamalan was trying too hard to end the trilogy with a huge ending and following two good movies and wanted a surprise ending that based on the crazy story idea was just not feasible. This story unites the star of Split played extremely well by James McAvoy – who is great at split personality acting, and the two actors of Unbreakable, Samuel L. Jackson and Bruce Willis inside of an insane asylum.

Their doctor is played by Sarah Paulson who tries to convince all of them that they are not super hero’s although it seems that Bruce Willis character has no business being considered the same as the other two, who are clearly insane. There are several scenes with Anya Taylor-Joy who was one of the victims in the movie Split, where she is in close contact in front hospital personal with the dangerously insane character played by McAvoy, even hugging and holding hands with him. What was Shyamalan thinking there, big mistake in my opinion because no young woman would go anywhere near this guy. She could have been killed instantly and this is just one of many things that make no sense in this film.

The Rotten Tomatoes rating for this movie is a pretty low 35% and I agree with this rating, because Glass misses the mark in so many areas – starting with any of it make enough sense to recommend.

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