BY: ANDREW KENT
Director M. Night Shyamalan reportedly had the ending of Glass in mind since ever since
making Unbreakable in 2000. When EW asked Shyamalan if he always knew what the ending would be for the Unbreakable franchise, here’s what he had to say: “I did, I always thought it was a little bit like an opera, even when I was starting on Unbreakable.”
If you didn’t already know, Unbreakable and Split, which surprised many, are the two films in this trilogy that came out prior to Glass. Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson and James McAvoy have returned to complete an all-star cast. Shyamalan is usually known for dropping bombs on audiences at the end of his movies. One of his most pleasant surprises was revealed at the end of Split, where we discovered that film was in the same universe as Unbreakable.
Glass was met with mixed reviews from both critics and audiences over the weekend. Without spoiling the climax, it felt like a majority of fans were disappointed with how this franchise wrapped up. Nineteen years – that’s how long ago the first film in this trilogy was released. You would imagine someone like Shyamalan could dream up something truly special for finale of the third film in a superhero franchise.
Unfortunately though, Glass cannot escape the fate it has been dealt. The first two films in the trilogy, Unbreakable and Split, had exceptionally better reviews on sites like Rotten Tomatoes.
Unbreakable sits at 69% while Split was handed a satisfying 76%. Despite these positive
reviews, the 2019 film Glass was given a 36% on the Tomatometer. Shyamalan didn’t have the greatest track record with critics between 2004-2013. The Village, Lady in the Water, The Happening, The Last Airbender, and After Earth all received rotten ratings – each were directed by Shyamalan.
Although Shyamalan might have left critics unhappy once more, the man knows how to craft quality films. The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Signs, and Split are amongst his highest acclaimed movies. If Shyamalan crafted good films in the past, who is to say he can’t make another thrill ride?
What’s really impressive is how Shyamalan knew the ending to his Unbreakable franchise- nineteen years before Glass hit theaters. According to IMDb, Shyamalan’s next film is Labor of Love, which covers the story of a widower who embarks on a cross-country trip on foot to prove his love for his late wife. One can only hope that movie turns viewers upside down, causing them to forget about the existence of Shyamalan’s darkest days.