Glass sees M. Night Shyamalan return to the world of his old superhero film Unbreakable and its spin-off Split with what is sure to be a climactic crossover.
The film sees the troubled Kevin Wendell Crumb/The Horde (James McAvoy) of Split incarcerated in a mental health institution, where he comes to meet vigilante hero David Dunn/The Overseer (Bruce Willis) and criminal mastermind Elijah Price/Mr. Glass (Samuel L. Jackson).
Soon Mr. Glass begins to orchestrate an horrific turn of events that threatens all of their lives and their loved ones,
Golden Globe winner Sarah Paulson also joins the cast as Dr. Ellie Staple, who attempts to treat the main trio for delusions of grandeur – good luck with that!
But what are critics making of the film?
In a review that awarded the film two stars, the publication was not kind.
“It’s both stupefying and a little sad to realize that this is the movie Shyamalan wanted to make. The Sixth Sense, still his only great film, is also a therapy psychodrama, but whereas that ghost story reckoned with bedrock matters of loss and child abuse, Glass assumes that we’re all going to lean in at dialogue about comic books, origin stories and limited editions.”
Equally negative was Slate’s review.
“On a purely practical level, Glass is drawn-out and disjointed, with disparate plot threads (some of them leading to, yes, a perfunctory rug pull) that seem dictated more by its stars’ availability than narrative cohesion.”
In another negative review, Forbes expressed disappointment in the threequel.
“Glass is a shattering disappointment and a monumental artistic misfire from one of my favorite filmmakers. It is, at least, a testament to my belief that Unbreakable needed no sequel. If that majestic superhero origin-as-mid-life-crisis drama was too early to cash in on the zeitgeist (which is, to be fair, part of what made it stand out all of these years), then this continuation is (at best) a decade too late.”
In a kinder review, Business Insider was satisfied but could see not everyone would be.
“See this one for McAvoy and Jackson’s scene-stealing scenes both together and separately. I’m sure regardless of anyone’s feelings on Shyamalan’s twist, “Glass” will make a lot of money.”
Den of Geek
Den of Geek were also pleased with the film, despite its flaws.
“While Glass’ triple-header conceit and busy plot machinations mean it’s not as tight or focused as Unbreakable or Split, it still boasts a pair of villains that most comic-book movies would kill for. And while Shyamalan’s penchant for rug-pulls and over-exposition sometimes get in the way, it’s an otherwise pacey thriller full of big ideas. A somewhat uneven trilogy closer, then – but a frequently gripping one.”
Glass is released in cinemas on January 18.