M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass is now in theaters, and it aims to continue stories he first told in Unbreakable and Split. While mainstream critics have been less than pleased with his efforts in Glass, I found it to be rather entertaining, albeit on a lesser level than the two movies that spawned its genesis. It definitely isn’t M. Night’s best work, but it’s far from a turd.
I’m trying something new with the video aspect of my movie reviews, so hopefully you appreciate the much shorter length. I hope to get them down to 2-minutes or less, but with this being the first stab at doing one quickly, I went over.
Anyway, you can check out the short video review below, or read its script, which is embedded directly after it.
“Hey now fans of M. Night Shyamalan, or at least a fan of the Sixth Sense M. Night, Matt Heywood here from EntertainmentBuddha.com to review his latest flick, Glass, which is a quasi sequel to Unbreakable and a direct sequel to Split.
I’m going to try something different with this review by doing it in under two minutes to keep things as simple as possible, so hopefully it works out and you enjoy the new movie review format. Although, now that I’m wasting time explaining what I intend to do, this review will definitely be longer than I just said it would. Sorry, I tried.
If you’ve been reading early Glass reviews then you’re well aware that the mainstream critics aren’t the biggest fans of Glass, but as someone who doesn’t hate watching fantastical films with fictional plots, I found it to be quite entertaining. In fact, its current 35% rating on Rotten Tomatoes feels like a hatchet job by critics who hate M. Night, but who am I to judge opinions of others who critique shit. I just found Glass to be way better than that score reflects, but it isn’t devoid of issues.
The film definitely hits a wall of sorts during its middle act, which completely stalls all of the tension and momentum that is built up in the exciting opening minutes of Glass. But the climax mostly gets the narrative back on track, and it most definitely features an iconic M. Night plot twist that changes everything you thought you were seeing, but I must say, like most of Shyamalan’s twists post Sixth Sense and even Unbreakable, it doesn’t nearly pack the “Oh no he didn’t” punch that those early movie twists of his did.
Quite frankly, Glass’ greatest asset is James McAvoy and his Kevin Wendall Crumb character. This dude acts his ass off in this film, and completely changes his personality and physical demeanor for each of the 24 characters he plays. I know it won’t happen because Glass will never be considered worthy of awards, but James deserves an Oscar for his turn in Glass. He gives an unreal performance to say the least, and it’s worth seeing the movie for alone.
Glass’ narrative from start to finish may not sit well with some fans, but I dig where the film leaves things, and I wouldn’t be opposed to M. Night continuing his Comic Books in Real Life series, because he leaves it in an interesting place with Glass’ somewhat surprising ending. While Glass may not leave you in shock with its plot, I do think its an entertaining film, so it gets a 7 out of 10 review score from Team EB. If you’re an Unbreakable and/or Split fan, or just can’t help but give M. Night more chances at the box office, I do think you should check it out in theaters. It’s no 35%, but don’t expect your mind to be blown either.
Thanks for watching, I’m Matt Heywood signing off for EntertainmentBuddha.com, where we make you a better geek, one post at a time.”
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