David Dunn aka The Overseer (Bruce Willis) finds himself at loggerheads with The Beast (James McAvoy) as he attempts to rescue four girls from the latter’s clutches. However, before their fight comes to a decisive culmination, they are captured by an unknown organization headed by Dr Ellie Staple (Sarah Paulson) who is convinced and is now trying to convince them, that they are not superheroes and are just victims of their own imaginations.
Positive Points: –
- The performances of most primary cast members are good but James McAvoy just takes his own act to a very different level as he portrays around 20 different personalities immaculately.
- The riveting nature of the narrative especially in the first two acts.
- Glass is a thoughtful piece of work whose events go beyond the expectations of its viewers. Now, how the viewer responds to the twists completely depends upon him/her.
Negative Points: –
- As I said, the twist in the third act is likely to leave a lot of people devastated because it’s completely different from what anyone could expect.
- A few sequences here and there, the overuse of comic book references and similar stuff can be tad nettling at times.
The General Aspects: –
As the final instalment of the Eastrail 177 Trilogy, the expectations from Glass were enormous from critics and audiences alike. The first half of the film does stand up to those expectations but the second half comes up as a rather polarising segment in it. However, one thing is for sure and that’s the engrossing nature and entertainment value of the movie which, in my view, prove to be its strongest features. There’s no doubt an appreciable amount of intelligence in the film’s narrative and the way it has used its characters but it still feels like most them and their traits were underutilised. The comic book references are amusing but their over-usage becomes a bit vexing and ludicrous towards the end. There are so many things that are great in it such as Staples interaction with the trio to convince them that they aren’t superheroes, and so many which could have been better, including The Overseer’s battle with The Beast which comes down as underwhelming notwithstanding its tremendous potential. Glass also has the quintessential Shyamalan twist which has already taken the cinematic world by storm because it was something you could never expect but also something one would find hard to accept. I won’t be wrong if I proclaim that Glass is a repetition of Shyamalan’s The Village which also had everything good in terms of its direction, acting, technicalities and atmosphere but failed to make a mark because of its purported disappointing climax. In my opinion, the ending of Glass is pretty good albeit being devastating to my own expectations and it makes sense to do something out of the box instead of going the mainstream way. People are free to have their own viewpoints on how the flick should have been made and neither will be wrong but I believe Glass brings the trilogy to a fruitful conclusion albeit shockingly.
Glass doesn’t really bring out the most of all its characters but it does use them effectively as per the story’s requirement. Bruce Willis, Charlayne Woodard, Spencer Treat Clark and Anya Taylor-Joy, all perform pretty fine in their respective roles. Samuel L. Jackson is as impressive as he always is despite his restricted characterisation. The ones to make the mark are Sarah Paulson and James McAvoy. While Paulson’s performance is subtle and showcases the experience she has as a thespian, McAvoy steals the show with his epic display of versatility with a performance that imbibes most traits in a human being, both normal and abnormal. If you were impressed with how he altered personalities in the same scene in Split, then Glass will give you, even more, shocks and all of them will be as exciting as his act is.
Final Verdict: –
I wish I could say that Glass will leave you in splits but hell I can’t even though it would make a great meta statement. The film is not everything you have expected from it and that’s why it’s a Shyamalan film. In my viewpoint, it’s a really astute piece of work though heavily flawed and I wholeheartedly accept its shocking climax as a pretty good, if not satisfying, way to end the Eastrail 177 Trilogy. Lastly, I would reiterate that Glass is likely to end up like Shyamalan’s previous work The Village, terrific but largely misunderstood.