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Sequels are always a risk, especially if it’s coming after 17 years. But that’s exactly the feat that M. Night Shyamalan attempted with his movie Glass.
Glass comes as the third installment of the series that started in the year 2000 with Unbreakable starring Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson. In 2016, Split hit the big screen with an interesting plot, and minimal announcement of it being a sequel to Unbreakable, something that was only discovered at the end of Split starring James McAvoy.
This year, Glass continues the story of the beast which Kevin Wendell Crumb, one of the names of James McAvoy in Split, transformed into. It joins him in the story with David Dunn (Bruce Willis) who ventures to search for him and put an end to his rampage. This plan is derailed when Dr. Elli Staple (Sarah Paulson) detains both of them in a special hospital where Elijah Price / Mr. Glass (Samuel L. Jackson) is kept. Dr. Staple desperately tries to convince them that they are normal people with no super powers, but when those three are joined in the same place, things are bound to go sideways.
As usual, M. Night Shyamalan provided a perfect dosage of thrill and excitement to keep you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. The soundtrack merged perfectly with the visuals to give you goosebumps for hours. We can see that especially in the scenes clashing McAvoy against Willis. Another brilliant decision by Shyamalan was his use of one-shot scenes, which were executed perfectly, and managed to immerse you in the movie, heightening the effect of every scene.
When it comes to the acting, James McAvoy truly outdid himself with his devotion and expertise. Starting from his physical preparation for the role, to the meticulous execution of each different character, playing a wide spectrum of relatable and very natural characters. McAvoy gave us one of his best performances, and perhaps one of the best in Hollywood. He didn’t just replicate his magnificent performance in Split, McAvoy showed us that there is so much more where that came from. He switched ever so elegantly from a character to another inside the same scene, be it a professor, a woman, a child, or even the beast. His performance will drive you insane, and we have a feeling you’ll be coming out of the theatre demanding that he’d be awarded an Oscar.
James McAvoy’s performance got us talking about it long after the movie was over, but other performances were quite good as well. The charismatic Samuel L. Jackson managed to portray the same character he first played 19 years ago in all its details, showing us the mastermind and master planner that he is. As for Bruce Willis, this movie couldn’t have come at a better time, as his recent movies have fallen below expectations. In Glass, Willis managed to save his career, just like his character, David Dunn tries to save those in need.
It’s true that Glass may not be on the same level as Split for some people, but nonetheless, we have thoroughly enjoyed that experience. And we advise you to go right ahead and see this one, you won’t regret it.
P.S. You have to watch Unbreakable (2000) and Split (2016) to fully understand and enjoy Glass.