> Date Seen: 5th February 2019 <
For those of you who have never heard of M. Night Shyamalan or seen either Unbreakable (Shyamalan, 2000) or Split (Shyamalan, 2016) you may not know much about Glass or be as excited to see it as those who have. If you are such a person you may have guessed it that this is the third in a series of films about ordinary people discovering their extra-ordinary powers and are actually ‘superheroes’ of sorts. And after those 3 characters end up caught by police and put in a psychiatric ward we see them try to ‘rehabilitate’ against their superhuman beliefs.
“This was an origin story the whole time”
– Elijah Price ‘Mr. Glass’, Glass (Shyamalan, 2019)
Shyamalan is a truly wonderful story writer and director for these films, creating a bond for the audience with the characters and then completely shakes things up – having the guy trying to make a hero be a villain, have the villain save the abused girl or in this case the ending full of shocking moments that have you thinking “Did that just happen?”.
But the film itself is also beautifully shot, as with the previous films each shot filmed is creative and in some cases unique. And with a great purpose or building on the storyline rather than beauty for the sake of it.
Overall Shyamalan is a rather ingenious director creating firstly an original film almost 20 years ago that had audiences asking for a sequel after a sudden ending. Then creating a sequel that no one actually realises IS the sequel until the end credits scene! And finally satisfying the audiences with an advertised sequel bringing all the characters together in the timeline and still leaving the audience wanting more.