Can I just say, up front, that M. Night Shyamalan dropped the ball when he failed to call this third film in his superhero trilogy The Return of Bruno. I mean, it is, after all, the return of Bruce Willy to the franchise, so why not have a little fun with it?
Before we get the trilogy closer Glass next weekend, you can get primed with this Honest Trailer for Shyamalan’s 2000 film Unbreakable, the one that started it all. There’s lots of fun stuff in here, like them ragging on all of the intense staring that happens in this film.
I rewatched Unbreakable not too long ago and it holds up. In fact, it’s probably a better movie than it was 19 years ago. Split was decent, though it suffered from Shyamalan’s signature “too muchness” wherein he overwrites dialogue and overshoots his close-ups. He needs to make a movie he didn’t write sometime, I think he’d be better off.
As much as I want to be excited for Glass, there’s nothing funnier to me than that scene in the trailer where James McAvoy runs at Bruce Willis on all fours like an animal. I don’t care how serious you want your movie to be, the minute you start aping Tim Allen in The Shaggy Dog, it all goes out the window…
Glass, aka The Return of Bruno, opens one week from tomorrow night.
No filmmaker in history has, for better or worse, turned into the skid quite like M. Night Shyamalan. Several terrible movies in a row—The Village, Lady in the Water, The Happening, The Last Airbender, After Earth—should have sunk his career, but thanks to the modest success of his low budget 2015 movie The Visit, he got a second chance to continue the modern superhero/supervillain saga that began with 2000’s Unbreakable.
2017’s Split was a covert sequel to the Bruce Willis/Sam Jackson vehicle, and now those stars team up with Split‘s James McAvoy for Glass, the trilogy closer we’ve been waiting 19 years for. While it looks like Shyamalan is leaning into the ridiculousness of his concept, I’m still not quite convinced this is where he pictured all of this heading from the very beginning.
I’m also concerned about the fact that Bruce Willis hasn’t given a shit on screen in decades. Without McAvoy, Split would’ve been a decently entertaining movie, but he turned it into something more. With Jackson back in the fold, I have no doubt that Bruce Willis will have to try acting this time out, as he’ll be very quickly overshadowed if he doesn’t.
Glass opens in theaters across North America on January 18, 2019.
The big thing that Unbreakable denied us 18 years ago was the thrill of seeing Bruce Willy’s character open a can of whoopass on some bad guys. The guy is, after all, unbreakable. Then early last year, M. Night Shyamalan shocked us all when he turned Split into a sequel to his 2000 comic book origin film, setting up an epic showdown in the upcoming film Glass.
The film itself appears to be taking a meta-approach to superhero films by having Bruce Willy’s David Dunn, James McAvoy’s The Beast, and Samuel L. Jackson’s Mr. Glass all under the psychiatric care of a doctor (Sarah Paulson) who thinks all three men are delusional. In a world where there are a half dozen superhero movies every calendar year, it’s nice to see at least one of them set in the confines of a somewhat “real world.”
My only reservation in all of this is that Bruce Willy hasn’t given a shit in a long time. Every movie he’s been in for the last decade and a half, he’s been on autopilot. And sometimes he can’t even be bothered to flick on that switch. Fingers crossed he was persuaded to give a damn again.
Glass hits theaters on January 18, 2019.
Since it’s not due in theaters until January, we’ve still got some time before M. Night Shyamalan finally brings his Unbreakable trilogy to a close with Glass. When Unbreakable was released in the fall of 2000, most folks could’ve cared less about superhero movies. They were either thought of as campy like the Batman franchise had become, or dark and self serious like Blade and X-Men.
Now, however, the comic book movie has become the national pastime, and M. Night decided to position his 2017 flick Split as a long overdue sequel to Unbreakable. When that film hit big, the stage was set for him to bring his hero into contact with the two biggest villain threats he could possibly face.
Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, and James McAvoy are all back, reprising their roles from the aforementioned films, in an adventure that finds Mr. Glass and The Beast teaming up to see if David Dunn truly is Unbreakable. It’s a good thing apathy didn’t set in during that 17 year gap between the first flick and the sequel, otherwise this might seem like the wrong idea at the wrong time.
Hopefully M. Night can work a little more of that magic he used to be able to tap into on the regular. We’ll find out for sure when Glass opens on January 18, 2019.
It’s the Debut Trailer for M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Glass,’ the Sequel to ‘Unbreakable’ and ‘Split’ (VIDEO)
Not long after making 2000’s Unbreakable, M. Night Shyamalan tanked his career with a series of derivative films that hinged on some pretty mind-numbingly stupid twists. It’s fitting, then, that he was able to revive his career by making a secret sequel to the film with 2017’s Split. Even more remarkable is that he’s now managed to bring the three main characters from those two films together for next year’s Glass.
Taking its title from the name Samuel L. Jackson gave himself at the end of Unbreakable, Glass brings Jackson’s character back into contact with Bruce Willis’ David Dunn as well as James McAvoy’s Kevin from Split. The three are under the care of Sarah Paulson’s Dr. Ellie Staple, a woman who seeks to show people who think they have super powers that they are not, in fact, special, but suffer from something much closer to what society would deem delusion.
It’s an interesting take on the superhero film, something long overdue from a genre that just seems to endlessly repeat itself. Shyamalan has made his fair share of dreck, but I think he’s back on solid ground here with a film he’s clearly been thinking about making for years. I don’t know that I trust Bruce Willis to actually engage with material again, though. He’s been on cruise control for so long, he simply seems to have forgotten how to be a decent actor.
But McAvoy and Jackson teaming up to take down his somnambulant ass might be worth the price of admission all by itself. We’ll find out for sure when Glass hits theaters on January 18.