They always underestimate the mastermind.
As part of the perks I have with the Cinema card – I get to see previews of movies before they hit the mainstream cinema – and last night I went to watch “Glass” – the third movie in the M. Night Shyamalan series comprised of Unbreakable (2000) and Split (2016). I’m not sure this is the end of the series as the ending was pretty open and I think they’re planning on continuing the trilogy with more special people.
I was absolutely in awe by James McAvoy’s acting range and I loved the fact that they stopped to credit him for every character he showed during the movie.
Samuel L. Jackson has said of working with James McAvoy on this movie that,
“As good as I like to think I am or what I do and how I do it, watching somebody transform characters in front of your eyes and have an argument with four different people is pretty amazing.”
Plot: Are superheroes real? Or is it just something that strong people tell themselves to feel special?
- Where Unbreakable followed a man whom his modest image of himself had blinded to his true power; where Split explored the mortal power of a monster created by a traumatized mind, Glass is interested in the very essence of identity by asking a question: are we objectively what we are, or rather the physical result of what does our mind shape and determine? Are you a superhero if you think you are, even if it’s just a fantasy.
Mr. Glass – a man suffering from Brittle Bone disease, Mr. Wendell Crumb – a person suffering from multiple personality disorder and Mr. Dunn – a strong man who has survived multiple crashes – are captured by the government and subjected to a psych eval to determine their state of mind. Their psychologist is trying to convince them – with some success – that they are ill people and they need to undergo some treatment otherwise they will rot in jail.
Mr. Glass is super smart and he quickly co-opts Wendell Crumb to help him escape, in the process also letting Mr. Dunn out of his locked enclosure. As they try to get free of the hospital, a fight ensues and The Beast goes against Mr. Unbreakable in an effort to show who is the strongest.
Spoiler: They all die. The Beast gives a killer blow to Mr. Glass once he finds out that his dead father was on the train that Glass derailed in order to kill Dunn. Dunn is drowned in a puddle (his only weakness) and The Beast is shot down the moment he is calmed down by the girl he’d kidnapped in Split.
But as they put it – this movie wasn’t the final epic battle to end it all, it was more of an origin story – possibly for the three people left behind by each of these strong characters. They have uploaded the videos of the amazing feats done by the three and are now waiting for more people to come out of hiding.
What I liked about the movie
Every character has his own colour.
Creator M. Night Shyamalan talks about the importance of colors in this movie.
” I chose green for David Dunn because psychologically it is associated with life giving properties. David is the protector of life.”
“I chose ochre or mustard for The Beast because this color is associated with religious ceremonies. Hindu and Buddhist. A monks robe. I see The Beast as an evangelist. A preacher who wants to help save The Broken.” and
“Finally, I chose purple for Mr Glass because this color has been associated with royalty. Majestic qualities. Elijah sees himself as important. A main character of comics.”
James McAvoy is freaking ripped. I know he underwent some rigorous training but man, this guy looks like would be able to rip a telephone book in two. Add in the sensitive side that appears whenever the girl is near and you have an amazing Beauty and the Beast tableau forming.
I loved how they played with colour throughout! Even though the movie could be better described as a Noir movie, the colours are vibrant and the characters are all in tune with each other.
“As the characters believe in the comic book world the primary colors in the film become more dominate. As they stop believing they fade to a monochromatic world. The pink room where they do therapy is pink, red fading to white, because this is where they stop believing.” (M. Night Shyamalan)
Glass is truly a cinematic jewel, which closes the delicate and complex analysis begun by the two previous films.
A journey to discover the inner strength (or weakness) that each of us has as a human being. Glass tackles the mystery of souls and does so in an intelligent and almost delicate way. A truly excellent product, Cinema for high and sensitive minds. Show to reflect on our existence using archetypes and almost alchemical references. Suffice it to think of the continuous and stressed reference to number 3 or the events of the Ulysses of the Odyssey of which the film is full of quotations from the attentive spectator.
This film is filled with incredible memorable moments that you’ll certainly remember walking out of the movie. However, the end will turn a lot of people off, as it goes in directions that are very divisive. If you go in with an open mind, I think you’ll enjoy most of it.