Well it didn’t take very long for 2019 to have a divisive film. Unsurprisingly it’s due to M. Night Shyamalan’s latest film Glass, the end of his realism Superhero film trilogy. He might change his mind, but we’ll never know until the end of a film as was the case with Split.
The M. Night apologists have come back out apparently, and I am one of them. Or at least the Blumhouse-era of Shyamalan. For the past decade, he’s been making films but was doing so with an uphill battle against him. While he was once deemed as the next Spielberg, the world immediately turned against him, and it seems as if he’s been trying to make his name have the same impact as it used to. After The Village, he began his more divisive career path – some like The Village, some do not. Unsurprisngly, I’m a fan of the majority of the film. Lady In The Water was a bit of a flop, The Happening and then there was the film that shall not be named. After Earth was more of a bore than actually terrible, which depending on who you ask might be a bigger crime.
And then there’s the Blumhouse era of his career. He had his come back with The Visit and all seemed right with the world. And then Split came and the masses adored it and ate it up – and then more so when the stinger made you realize the film was a sequel to Unbreakable. And then he finally announced Glass, the end of the trilogy he started 19 years ago, and the World wasn’t happy with it. Shocker.
It seemed like the world was expecting a different type of film, I’ve read people talking about a bigger fight – but I never expected an end of the world battle that could compare with the MCU/DCEU, I agree that the film is a bit anti-climatic, but it seems that’s not the film he intended to make.
Glass is more of a direct sequel to Split then was to Unbreakable and even as someone who really liked this film, that felt as a bit of a letdown, but it properly positioned my mindset into the film would end up becoming. First, the film picks up three weeks after the events of Split and both police and David Dunn (Bruce Willis doing little work) and his son Joseph (Spencer Treat Clark reprising his role) going after The Horde (James McAvoy and his 24 personalities). In reality, the film seems to be more interested in following their story line then the ones originated in Unbreakable.
Which is completely understandable when you see what McAvoy can do, and what Anya Taylor-Joy can also do given the right material – and this was the right choice. In the film, we are given a bit of a messy look at a mental illness but the film tries to explain that it’s not Kevin’s fault for what has happened. Sometimes it takes over when you don’t want it to.
The film doesn’t always work, but it’s a testament to what Shyamalan has been able to do throughout his career. At a time when M. Night has more eyes on him than before, he decided on making his film be the ultimate twist by not giving the audience the film they expected.