By Mary Cox
The final installment of Academy Award Nominee M. Night Shymalan’s trilogy that began almost nineteen years ago with “Unbreakable” has ended this year with the release of “Glass.”
Although “Glass” is named after the Samuel L. Jackson’s character, Mr. Glass or Elijah Price, the movie belongs to James McAvoy. McAvoy’s character, Kevin Wendell Crumb, suffers from Multiple Personality Disorder and exhibits 24 personalities. We saw this condition before in the television movie “Sybil” with Sally Field exhibiting multiple personalities. Although McAvoy did a good job; Field did it better. Sometimes it was difficult to tell which character McAvoy was in at the time. He had to announce it somehow so the audience could tell which character he donned. It wasn’t always obvious from his character’s behavior.
Bruce Willis reprises his role as protagonist David Dunn. Spencer Treat Clark, who played Dunn’s son Joseph in “Unbreakable” and has come back as his grown son in “Glass.”
“Glass” explores each man’s weakness. Dunn’s fear is water, Glass’s fragile body that houses a brilliant mind can be broken easily, and Crumb’s abuse at the hands of his mother has created multiple personalities. When all three men are captured and placed in the same sanitarium, pandemonium ensues.
Shymalan, like Alfred Hitchcock before him, makes a brief cameo in all his films. It is always fun to figure out when and where he is going to show up.
From an interview on Stephen Colbert, Sarah Paulson who plays Dr. Ellie Staple, told the audience that Shymalan is a control freak and didn’t allow the actors the freedom to change his dialogue. Whenever they would complain or suggest a change he refused to let them divert from the original script which is unfortunate. Actors can often offer alternatives that enrich a film.
I felt the movie dragged a little in the middle and it had been so long since I saw the original movie that I forgot many of the details. The Shymalan fans in the audience loved this film and thought it was intriguing; but, if you didn’t see the first two films you will be lost and will have trouble understanding the action or lack thereof.. Shymalan assumes everyone saw the first two films even though “Glass” is not billed as a sequel.
I was surprised that We didn’t see more of Samuel L. Jackson since the movie was named after his character and he was the more interesting antagonist.
“Glass” is playing at AMC Showplace Edwardsville 12, AMC Eastgate Showplace 6, Granite City Cinema and Jerseyville Stadium Theater.