HALF BAKED: M. Night Shyamalan’s Glass Is A Mess!

It’s not that Shyamalan has not done some creative thinking in linking the three main characters to the original film and some really powerful reveals but it’s his short thinking in plotting the main story and then a completely preposterous ending that spoils the whole exercise.

*Glass – Starring Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, James, McAvoy, Anya Taylor Joy & Sarah Paulson

*Written & Directed by M. Night Shyamalan

By R. Paul Dhillon

Visionary Hollywood writer-director M. Night Shyamalan over-thinks on his highly anticipated Glass after delivering two standalone classics in the original Unbreakable and the recent Split, which has been his return to glory after teaming up with the Low Budget-high box office returns producer extraordinaire Jason Blum on Split and The Visit.

With Glass he had a chance to deliver another classic in the Trilogy but perhaps dictated by the low-budget formula (Glass cost $20 million due to Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson whereas Split had cost $9 million and The Visit less than $5 million) or just overthinking his ordinary Men with superpowers story – Shyamalan’s first mistake is to set the story in a mental hospital so nothing much happens most of the film.

And when the film begins to get interesting by the end, Shyamalan totally loses the audience with a nonsensical ending that is completely unsatisfying and out of tune with the spirit of the first two films.

He places too much emphasis on the Society dedicated to the eradication of these special super powers-imbued monsters and superheroes. If Shyamalan had kept it simple and plotted to suit his characters rather than the budget – he would have let his beasts and the beast master lose in Philadelphia which would have been more dynamic and then had them captured and briefly analyzed before they plot to break out again and wreak real havoc perhaps in a real showdown with the ultimate Comic Book baddies from the Evil Society that wants to hunt them down and kill them. That would have at least given the audience a more successful conclusion and a final chapter that really complemented the previous two films in the series.

It’s not that Shyamalan has not done some creative thinking in linking the three main characters to the original film and some really powerful reveals but it’s his short thinking in plotting the main story and then a completely preposterous ending that spoils the whole exercise.

This film actually insults the earlier films in the trilogy and that’s the real sad part as Shyamalan’s genius remains half baked!

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