little slow and convoluted but quickly starts to set up the rest of the of the story. It's not boring which is a huge plus and makes liberal use of varying camera angles to try and keep the fight scenes dynamic.
It's in the first act I caught on to a couple of things that was going on. The overuse of single take camera moves cut together with stationary shots created a stop and go feeling. It felt slightly jarring and was extremely noticeable. It seems that this was done in an attempt to make the movie feel more serious and grounded. The second thing I noticed was the weird way fights were edited together. Instead of showing fights where you can see the action take place, the audience was relegated to close up shots of actors' faces. There wasn’t even that much choreography in the fights themselves. The first fight is just two people hugging each other before jumping out a window.
Once people realized there was a third movie in the Unbreakable/Split trilogy, it became a guaranteed hit. But the simple fact is that even though there are moments of brilliance, Glass ultimately drowns in a small puddle. Some will say that the slow second act works because of the slow pacing throughout, that the drama is somehow escalated in this part. They are wrong. If you thought Glass was the superhero movie we needed, to an extent, so did M. Night Shyamalan. He constantly reminds you about comic books and superheroes as he has the characters say the word “comic book” almost ten times in twenty minutes. The idea that these people are superheroes is shoved down your throat for an hour. A nice way of putting it would be that this film lacks subtlety.
Before I get to my conclusion I want to bring up a couple more points that stood out to me. The fight scenes continued to be poorly represented in the movie. The only time you get to see anything slightly interesting is from security cam footage, probably due to budgetary reasons. The stationary camera allowed for easier VFX shots to be done and at a distance, lowering the cost for the few in the movie. Next, is the fight choreography. It seems that this was not a priority at all as there is very little action on display. Most of the fighting comes down to hugging or is almost unseeable due to it happening in the background of a shot.
I had high hopes for Glass. It's almost comical how you can watch the trailer and know about 90% of what is going to happen. The movie dropped the ball so hard and I don’t know if Shyamalan can recover. I would definitely be wary of any of his other projects and would not trust him to make a big budget movie. I guess if you really need closure to the Split storyline or wanted Unbreakable 2 you can watch this movie. You are not going to like with how this story ends as it feels like even M. Night didn’t even know what to do with these characters.
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