Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Writer: M. Night Shyamalan
Stars: James McAvoy, Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson
Movie Couple here! We saw Glass this weekend! Remember we are just a married couple that loves movies! We’re here to tell you if we liked it. Film students we are not! Just a quick reminder of our rating system.
Mrs. Movie Couple and I, rate films on whether they are worth the cash spent on a night out. we use a 1-6 Dollar Bill system. 1-2 Bills equal a waste of both our time and money! 3-4 Bills equal Meh to Pretty Good, money well spent! 5-6 Bills equal Wow! Well worth the price of dinner, movie and sitter! Please take our money again!
We both are old enough to have seen Unbreakable in the theatre (you do the math on our age, yes we were together then as well). As fans of that film we were eager for this installment. I had seen Split and was as shocked as everyone else when it turned out at the end to be an extension of Unbreakable. Mrs. Movie Couple, saw Split on demand at my recommendation. Full disclosure, we both loved Unbreakable and were (no pun intended) split on Split. I was a huge fan, my better half not so much. So now that you have our history with M. Night Shyamalan’s “Trilogy” in the making, lets get to the review.
Glass picks up right where Split left us. Bruce Willis’ David Dunn in pursuit of James McAvoy’s Kevin Wendall Crumb better known as The Horde. Soon events bring the two under the care of a Psychiatrist Dr. Ellie Staple (like at the center of comic books?…) played by Sarah Paulson. Kept under heavy guard as well as lock and key, Dr. Staple is convinced that they and many others suffer from a delusion that they are superheroes right out of a comic book. She is a specialist in such areas. We learn that she has been treating Samuel L. Jackson’s Elijah Price, the Title bearing Mr. Glass, sometime during his incarceration for his actions in Unbreakable. She is here to help! She seeks to cure them of this infirmary.
That is a spoiler free plot description. This could have gone a long way to create suspense for us Unbreakable and Split fans, Is she right? Are our hero and villains simply nuts?! Unfortunately, M. Night has proven thoroughly in Unbreakable and Split that this is not he case. Had we even for a moment in either previous film been left with doubt, this could have kept us guessing. Had M. Night envisioned this as a trilogy from the beginning, I think that would have been the avenue he would have taken and it would have worked better. Not to say this movie doesn’t keep us guessing, at least a little. If you’ve seen the trailers, as Jackson’s Mr. Glass says the bad guys do indeed team up! And for fans of the first two films it is exactly what we hoped for.
Anya Taylor-Joy returns as survivor girl, Casey Cooke, Spencer Treat Clark is also in tow as David’s now adult son, his “guy in the chair” if you will and Charlayne Woodard shows up as Mrs. Price all of them important anchors to each of the main characters. Is Dr. Staple on the up and up? Will the combined might of Mr. Glass and the Beast be more than a match for David Dunn’s Overseer (a nickname he has garnered on line for his vigilante activities)? If that sounds like a comic book cover, it’s intentional! All this gets answered and some other twists arise along the way toward our conclusion! Mr. Glass longs for his life to become just like the comics he read and worshiped growing up and this is his movie after all. The conclusion to this film is not what everyone is expecting and some of the twists will have M. Night fans ecstatic and his detractors rolling their eyes. The performance by McAvoy is a standout! His portrayal of all the Horde‘s personalities is every bit as good as it was in Split and maybe even better. His scenes with Taylor-Joy were a highlight! I can’t praise him enough for his acting skills in this film. He’s been just OK to us in other things we’ve seen, but here as in Split, McAvoy is a tour de force.
So here we go!
Mr. Movie Couple: I loved it! Yes, you may be able to see the twists and reveals coming a bit, but as a conclusion to what started in Unbreakable and Split it was perfect. It had an ending that I didn’t see coming, as if the film was a relic of the 70’s cinema. Can’t say why without giving much away, but I mean that in a good way. Willis and Jackson were great, they slipped back into the roles of David and Elijah as if no time had past at all. McAvoy for me was worth the price of admission alone! He was simply amazing! The ending felt open ended, as if M. Night could return to this ‘Universe’ should he want to, but it won’t be necessary. If this completes the trilogy with no more to come I feel it was a job well done! Reviews are mixed, but I enjoyed this film and recommend it highly!
Mrs. Movie Couple: She liked it! She really liked it! Which quite frankly surprised me. She felt it was a little slow, but felt the conclusion was perfect and surprised her more than she expected it to. She was also highly impressed with McAvoy. She couldn’t take her eyes off his performance was her exact words. At first she didn’t care for the storyline between Taylor-Joy and McAvoy. She could not understand the victim interacting with her attacker, But by the movie’s conclusion she felt it was her favorite part! She loved how Casey had become almost Belle-like to Crumb’s Beast! Again her words not mine!
We both talked about the actors, characters and the film’s conclusion many days after watching it and for us that’s a ringing endorsement. I give it 5 Bills, the Mrs. gives it 4 Bills, So we give Glass a 4.5 Bills! I say well worth the money spent on a night out!
So until we head out to the cinema again, which could be a while if the Government Shutdown continues, hard to justify movie tickets and sitters with no paycheck! See you next date night at the movies!