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Nearly two decades after Unbreakable was released, fans of the M. Night Shyamalan movie are finally getting a sequel. Well, not the one that was originally envisioned, but since it was revealed that 2016’s Split exists in the same world as Unbreakable, the main characters from both movies will soon be colliding in Glass. The Eastrail 177 Trilogy capper has been one of the most anticipated movies of 2019, but now Glass reviews are trickling in, and it seems that the movie is nowhere near as enjoyable as its predecessors.
Starting off, CinemaBlend’s own Eric Eisenberg gave Glass a measly 1.5 out of 5 stars in his review, saying how the movie fails to effectively expand its superhero mythology and primarily takes place within the walls of the highly-secure hospital that David Dunn, Elijah Price and Kevin Wendell Crumb are being kept in, which results in a boring story. Glass also delivers a disappointing ending that is “extremely confusing in addition to being stupid,” though he did compliment James McAvoy for his reprisal of Kevin Wendell Crumb, a.k.a. The Horde.
Next up, Uproxx‘s Mike Ryan stated that while he was disappointed with Glass too, he also found it to be a “fascinating” movie. In Ryan’s eyes, Glass felt “like a giant middle finger to the very people who would be excited to see Glass” with its meta-deconstruction of superhero movies. He also echoed that the majority of this movie takes place within those hospital walls, meaning there’s a lot of talking and barely any action.
Chris Evangelista from Slashfilm gave Glass a 5 out of 10 score, saying that although the first 10-15 minutes are “thrilling,” that momentum is then derailed. As Evangelista sees it, the set-up of having the main characters being treated at a hospital by a doctor trying to convince them they don’t have superpowers would have worked if this were the first movie in a series, but we already know Dr. Ellie Staple is wrong. Glass also is apparently less of an Unbreakable sequel and more of a Split follow-up, which explains why Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson don’t have as much to do. Even worse, Glass “severely tarnishes the legacy of Unbreakable.”
On a more positive note, Collider‘s Vinne Mancuso awarded Glass a B grade. The movie, like Unbreakable before it, “excels” at grounding these fantastical tropes in a real world context, but conversely, M. Night Shyamalan goes overboard with his clever ideas. Fortunately, the few moments of action there are in Glass are “sublime.” Mancuso also mentioned that Glass‘ ending “is going to piss more than a few people off,” although he has come around to “admire the hell out of it.”
Germain Lussier from io9 acknowledged that M. Night Shyamalan manages to effectively bring the players and elements from Unbreakable and Split together at first in Glass, but once Dr. Ellie Staple is brought in, the movie slows down. In the end, Glass is burdened with “uneven tone, pacing, and thematics,” thus giving audiences a movie that lacks emotion and has a message that’s hard to decipher.
Finally, Entertainment Weekly‘s Chris Nashawaty plastered a C+ grade onto Glass, declaring that the movie only half works and that M. Night Shyamalan seemed to have trouble weaving all of this dense mythology together. There are “a handful of terrific isolated moments,” but the movie is still a lesser product than its predecessors.
Overall, it sounds like if you were a fan of Split, there will be enough to appreciate from James McAvoy again, but for those of you who were looking forward to getting a worthy follow-up to Unbreakable and a satisfactory conclusion to this trilogy, you’ll want to temper your expectations.
You can judge Glass for yourself when it’s released to the public on January 18. As for what else is hitting theaters later this year, you can find that information in our 2019 release schedule.
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