Glass (2019) – The World of Superheroes

What a true Marvel. If you watch “Split” and “Unbreakable” again, especially “Unbreakable”, you can see Shyamalan has waited at most 19 years to get until here. There are so many easter eggs before it concludes from the Eastrail 177 trilogy. With the time, “Glass” became one of the most original and eagerly awaited films. It’s not your typical superhero or blockbuster CGI movies. For M. Night Shyamalan, he broke this trilogy into pieces as if challenging an idea of what superheroes and villains really are. An anti-thesis from similar films.

In “Unbreakable”, most of them have no action. The film focuses on Bruce Willis as David Dunn in his situation whether he should accept what he was or oppose his sincerity. After being the only person who survived the train wreck, he has power. He makes it for the good of many people. Samuel L. Jackson as Elijah Price or Mr. Glass is a comic book nerd because he spent his most time reading. However, we never knew how genius he was as a mastermind connecting the red thread between James McAvoy as 24 personalities and David.

“Unbreakable” is a film about ambition whether it’s an ambition owned by Mr. Glass and the Overseer or David Dunn. When one person is willing to cause disaster for the community just to look for a real superhero, society considers it’s merely a delusion. Surprisingly, enter Kevin as 24 different personalities united in the same universe as David and Mr. Glass. “Split” is a study of psychology about humans born of deep trauma in their minds. Therefore, different identities were born as defenses and shields of the backlash. The anticipation really bursts. Thousands of theories emerge after this “Glass” actually. Regardless of which, what is the unique part of this Mr. Glass besides talking a lot rather than fighting?

“Glass” starts with a surprising introduction from a David Dunn along with his son, Joseph (Spencer Treat Clark). For years, he now began working with his son. Immediately they found where Kevin had kept the people he kidnapped, unexpectedly a meeting between the Beast and David clashed with strength. Until then, they were both arrested and exiled to a hospital together with the paralyzed Mr. Glass. It’s a slow burner pace where you have to keep breathing until it’s ended with an ambiguous conclusion. The film takes a lot of time to explore the subject matter and the theme of the story.

Enter Sarah Paulson as Dr. Ellie Staple, a psychiatrist who tried to cure three people who were “deluding” this. Shyamalan did know what he was pointing at. Something blocking then becomes a conversation that alternates. In this case, “Glass” focuses a lot on a psychological game rather than the action of everything. Likewise with “Unbreakable” and “Split” where both films focus on one’s morality and psychology. But, Shyamalan took an approach where there were no superheroes or villains in this film. David Dunn, Mr. Glass, and Kevin are just normal humans who feel more pain than anyone. But, people think of them as monsters without any sympathy and empathy. In fact, they don’t care at all or they just never realize there are people like them.

“Glass” is created from the matters of two previous anticlimactic films. This film ends with a twist that’s loose, humane, reasonable, and very proper on its placement. This film links a fantasy ideology and superhero in a comic book. Comics are a foundation on which real experiences and original truths have disappeared. Therefore, people think that comics are born from someone’s imagination and are poured into illustrated stories. Rationalization lies in who is the opponent and friend of a matter. Actually, nothing at all. It’s about opposing what is real and accepting for today. This movie, or this trilogy, has so much to talk about.

The most cinematography takes the point of view who often changes positions. James McAvoy as the Horde changed his roles in an on-and-off button and immediately, we know who he and he are. Changing persona and style of speech isn’t something it’s easy to do for James McAvoy. And we know him better after his flashback in “Unbreakable” and why he is like it. It also lies in Anya Taylor-Joy’s role as Casey Cooke as a devastating character but understands what Kevin feels. Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson showed a game of solid psychology. Although the chemistry between the two of them talked the most, Shyamalan provided a self-aware approach to color selection. David as green, Kevin as yellow, and Mr. Glass as purple.

If only M. Night Shyamalan created his own universe like Marvel, what would happen? However, Shyamalan said that he would look for inspiration from his trilogy. It’s not easy to write a story where a writer and director hold full control and steering. Like Mr. Glass where he is the mastermind here. David Dunn is given a small portion and looks more suitable when Kevin becomes the main character. Besides, his arc did nothing but depend a lot or was triggered by Mr. Glass alone. In the end, is Mr. Glass is a villain or a hero? Is he the protagonist or antagonist in this film? Shyamalan is actually a director full of vision. It’s just that people often see the ugly side compared to films like this or all of his remarkable movies.

“Glass” is a delicious menu for nerds, superhero comic fans, or fantasy stories with new ideas. Not many superhero films like this take a different approach than most superhero films. From its cinematography, acting, themes, etc., Shyamalan has a vision. The twist finally leaves a trace of the question of who Shyamalan really was. But, what we really need is that we have to be more self-aware of ourselves. There is so much to love and to hate in this movie.

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Salman Al Farisi

An Indonesian who loves to watch and read everything. A literary student who likes to write about reviews and essays on Crackdown Review. But, I just wannabe critics who love arthouse than anything.

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