By Stacy Bauer & Dax Hughes
Jimplecute Movie Reviewers
Written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, this is the third and final in the trilogy, a concluding chapter. The first two being Unbreakable (2000) and Split (2016), each is actually enhanced by being familiar with the others. They could stand alone, but it’s richer if they do not. Better to be in on the secret.
“From Unbreakable, Bruce Willis returns as David Dunn as does Samuel L. Jackson as Elijah Price, known also by his pseudonym ‘Mr. Glass.’ Joining from Split are James McAvoy, reprising his role as Kevin Wendell Crumb and the multiple identities who reside within, and Anya Taylor-Joy as Casey Cooke, the only captive to survive an encounter with The Beast,” according to Rotten Tomatoes. All three believe they are comic book figures possessing superhuman abilities, and end up mental patients of Dr. Ellie Staple (Sarah Paulson).
Elijah Price’s bone disease makes him as fragile as well, glass. As an evil overlord, he’s absolutely, consistently up to no good. Kevin Wendell Crumb has twenty-three separate personalities (which include a shy woman named Patricia, and a nine-year-old boy), plus one last, ghastly collection of them all, the Beast, who wields unearthly strength and gives in to cannibalistic tendencies. Those are the black-hatted villains.
David Dunn dons the white hat with his polar opposite, well-meaning intentions. He deftly plunges out of windows or down stairs, yet walks away from those and a major train wreck without a scratch. Collectively, all three tumble together as if one bull in a china shop. Is this going to end well?
The characters provide commentary during the course of the film, as a subjective point of view. Not a novel concept, but as an implemented tool, seems entirely self-conscious this time.
Do superheroes exist? Do they even believe it themselves? Join in for the last of the saga to find out for yourself. Also note, the film contains a photosensitivity notice for several sequences of flashing lights.
“Glass” is rated PG-13 and runs 110 minutes.
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