Shyamalan misses the mark on “Glass”

Jackson holds his own; everybody else, not so much


Samuel Haselby , Film Critic

What happened, M. Night Shyamalan?

You have given us films of such delight such as “Unbreakable,” “The Sixth Sense,” “The Visit,” and even “Split” was a decent movie. Once the end credit scene of “Split” revealed that the story took place within the same universe as the critically acclaimed “Unbreakable,” many people left the theater already impatient with anticipation for the final crossover film with all of the characters.

Once the trailer for this highly anticipated film, revealed to be called “Glass” as in Mr. Glass from both this film and “Unbreakable,” the fans were infused with even more excitement. After viewing the actual film, many people were immensely disappointed with how hard M. Night Shyamalan tried to make this cinematic universe.

The only good parts of this film are Samuel L. Jackson’s charisma as Mr. Glass, the inclusion of beloved Sarah Paulson, and the trailer itself. The first trailer offered so much potential for the film that was completely ignored in its entirety.

The chemistry between the characters appeared to be forced, and the charming style and color of the film’s trailer was unfortunately missing in the rest of the movie. On their own, “Split” and “Unbreakable” are two unique and charming films to watch, but putting them together was a mistake in the end. Jackson, Bruce Willis and James McAvoy are all respected and talented actors, and their chops in this film were not necessarily off, but they just chose the wrong story.

McAvoy’s ability to play his character’s 20 different personalities is extraordinarily entertaining, and his involvement in horror is nowhere near a career mistake. Hopefully, the world will get to see more of his horror acting in a better film in the future, such as his role as Bill Denbrough in “IT: Chapter Two” when September comes.

In the end, if you want to see these characters on screen in a film that is worth your time, either watch “Split” or “Unbreakable.” But don’t waste your time on “Glass.”