review by Bobby Blakey
Back in 2000 director M. Night Shyamalan was at his peak and unleashed his own vision of the superhero film with Unbreakable starring Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson. There had been talks of a trilogy, but it sadly never materialized until he unleashed his 2016 hit Split starring James McAvoy. Fans had no clue it was the sequel we had been waiting for until the final moments of the film offering up vintage Shyamalan. Now the trilogy is getting completed with the next chapter Glass bringing them all together along with Sarah Paulson joining the mix along with Anya Taylor-Joy, Spencer Treat Clark and Charlayne Woodard returning from Split and Unbreakable. Could this final chapter have more of the M. Night flare fans loved to wrap this story up or will it fail to prove superheroes are real?
Glass follows the conclusion of Split that finds David Dunn pursuing Crumb's superhuman figure of The Beast in a series of escalating encounters, while the shadowy presence of Elijah Price emerges as an orchestrator who holds secrets critical to both men. This has easily been one of my most anticipated films from the moment I was slapped in the face in Split with the surprise that we might finally get that trilogy we have been waiting for. While it seems some fans are divided in regards to this final chapter I for one loved it. Much like the previous films, but probably more so Unbreakable this is a slow paced character piece as opposed the usual action packed superhero cliché that we normally get. Make no mistake there is nothing wrong with those films and I love them, but the intelligence level is upped for this series and this last one does a great job of bringing it all full circle.
While all the characters are present and have their parts to play its McAvoy that steals the show. Everyone is great and has their moment to shine, but watching him juggle the varying personalities to perfection is a joy to watch. He doesn’t just change his voice but everything about him that makes you believe who each of these personalities are. His interactions with everyone he comes in contact with is engaging and makes the entire film worth seeing alone. It’s always great to see Willis on the big screen and he returns to the role of David Dunn with ease and speaks volumes with very little dialogue. It’s a bit into the film before Jackson does much other than sit in a chair, but when he does he goes all in. Much like in Unbreakable he is the catalyst to their every move and plays the part to perfection.
Shyamalan has done a great job at weaving a new tale that brings it all together complete with some end twists that fans have come to love from his films. I loved seeing these characters all come together and M. Night allowing the world to play out as opposed to rushing to the finish line. The use of cut footage from Unbreakable for flashbacks adds that much needed jolt to keep it all connected. I can see where some might have issues here and there, but I for one loved it and think it did a great job at wrapping up the trilogy we have been waiting for.
This release not only includes the film but a ton of bonus content including an alternate opening scene, deleted scenes, and featurettes that take you behind bringing this final chapter of Shyamalan’s superhero story to life. BE there when they clash with Glass on digital now and then on 4K Ultra, Blu-ray and DVD on April 16th from Universal Home Entertainment.