‘Glass’ is getting terrible reviews, so just look at pretty pictures of James McAvoy

UK Premiere of Glass

The big London premiere of Glass was held last night in Mayfair. All of the stars came out, and I really want to believe that they’re proud of this film. They should be, because Glass looks awesome (to me). Unbreakable is easily one of the most underrated films of M. Night Shyamalan’s canon, and since its release in 2000, it’s become something of a cult classic. Split was not billed as a sequel to Unbreakable, but at the end of that film, viewers learned that it took place in the same “superhero” universe (via a brilliant cameo by Bruce Willis). Glass puts together the three men – James McAvoy, Samuel L. Jackson and Bruce Willis – with Sarah Paulson’s psychiatrist who doubts the whole superhero thing.

For the London premiere, James McAvoy looked gorgeous, per usual, because that man is FINE. Samuel L. Jackson wore all-purple, and Bruce was barely photographed. Sarah wore an ensemble from Prada which… it’s not the worst. Sarah’s style is so wacky, it feels like she was really trying to go for a more conservative look. But then she made funny faces in a lot of the photos, and it just looks like she had a ball working with these guys. I bet Sam and James loved working with her.

Also: as much as I want to believe Glass is the great sequel we’ve always needed, the reviews aren’t great. Gizmodo calls it “unsatisfying” and “a major disappointment.” Vox called it “deeply unsatisfying” as well, and Rotten Tomatoes currently has it at 38% rotten with top critics.

UK Premiere of Glass

The Glass Premier and After Party Arrivals

UK Premiere of Glass

UK Premiere of Glass

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. Steff says:

    Sigh… I felt this movie seemed too good to be true. But that is M. Knight Shamalan for you.

    I’d like to see Sarah’s dress without that coat and a bit shorter length.

  2. grabbyhands says:

    This bums me out because Unbreakable was such a good movie and everything his movies usually aren’t. I remember talking about it with a coworker and fellow comics geek about how he’d made a comic book movie and not many people really got that at the time it came out.

    I was excited when I first heard about this and then disappointed when I saw the trailer because instead of using the same restraint he used in the first movie, he’s thrown all in with the superhero idea and it doesn’t look good. What made Unbreakable so great was that you weren’t getting clobbered over the head with the concept – it was just fed out here and there and it was satisfying.

  3. Incredulous says:

    Don’t care; gonna see it. I loved Unbreakable and Split and I hope Bruce doesn’t continue phoning in his roles in this one.

  4. Hannah Maguire says:

    I take zero notice. My best friend, who I adore, is a film critic and he hates Unbreakable and Split.

    • isabelle says:

      Unbreakable is a good movie and M Nights best IMO. A lot of people like that movie and so do a lot of critics. Split also got great reviews from critics. This one isn’t getting that same consensus.

    • BANANIE says:

      Unbreakable had a promising start, then kind of fell apart IMHO. I hated the end with — not exactly spoilers, but beware — with the big reveal, and then resolution provided by simple text over the screen, not actually any action. I felt like it was a cop-out, and they could have trimmed other parts to allow for space.

  5. CharliePenn says:

    With Split… it left a bad taste in my mouth. In college I studied dissociative identity disorder. People with that very difficult disorder have usually undergone extreme abuse as children. They are not any more dangerous than anyone else, except to themselves maybe. The identities are protections against horrible abuse. There’s not “a bad one” deep inside. The “bad one” is the adult who abused the child to the point where the child’s identity and consciousness shattered, as a protective measure of a resilient and amazing mind. That shattering is then a lifelong issue for the child to deal with.

    It just made me very upset. I dont understand how DID is still endlessly portrayed as some horror twist or punchline. I will not be seeing anything else with this disorder portrayed in this way, so this is a hard NO for me.

    • lamaga18 says:

      Thank you very much. I have DID. It’s not revelatory of any super powers and it makes me incredibly upset to see it displayed in such a continually cavalier way.

    • Anon33 says:

      THANK YOU. I’ve known this for years just by reading the book Sybil. This “representation” of the disorder is old, tired, and completely inaccurate.

    • Jag says:

      Thank you for your post. What’s worse is that he was in contact with people regarding how to portray DID accurately and he still went with what he did. I haven’t seen the entire movie – just a channel on yt that says what they don’t like about movies – but didn’t like what I saw.

      Want to add, though, that it’s not just abuse from adults which can cause DID; medical trauma and other types of trauma can also cause the condition. What matters most is that it happens up to the age or 7 years old or so, prior to the person’s personality fully forming. Regardless of the cause, systems with DID are survivors, and as you said, should be portrayed accurately in film and on television.

    • ichsi says:

      You guys do realise that the movie’s twist is that he doesn’t have DID, right? His therapists thinks he has and studies him as an extreme and scientifically interesting case (while she actually treats him really nicely and respectfully at the same time, which is an unusual portrayal in itself), but in the end it turns out that he’s actually not sick but a supernatural being that can take shotgun blasts to the chest without a scratch? The whole reveal at the end is about how this takes place in the same universe as Unbreakable and the overall idea is how we would perceive superheroes if they were actually real.

  6. Lucy says:

    Not that you guys didn’t know this already but McAvoy is The Sex. That’s all.

    • Vanessa says:

      Lol so true. Mm that man,

    • Lizzie says:

      even in that shirt from 1998…he can get it. blue eyes and scottish accents make me weak.

    • Diana B says:

      Enough said. Mr. McAvoy is yummy 😋.

    • minx says:

      He has always interested me because he just exudes…something. So attractive. He’s shortish, doesn’t really have movies star looks, but his eyes and his whole face are so expressive and sexy. I just can’t take my eyes off of him.

      • ichsi says:

        For me it’s the expressiveness, the talent and the charm that he exudes IN SPADES. Also the eyes of course and that perfectly round tuches.

  7. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    If anything, they look like they’re having a blast. Green flames and purple corduroy. I want this to be good. I’ve been an Unbreakable fan from the get-go…such an intense show delivered in hushed tones. M. Night’s always good for that.

    • Megan says:

      IDK, SLJ’s Barney cosplay is not working for me.

      • Mabs A'Mabbin says:

        I don’t like it either, but I bet he loves it lol.

      • Lightpurple says:

        His jacket is too big and his pants too long. It’s like he borrowed a bigger man’s suit. His stuff usually fits him comfortably but well so something went wrong here.

      • Serpentinefire says:

        Exactly Sam usually can pull these looks off but this is a hell nah lol “What’s the problem Sam”.

  8. Veronica S. says:

    Wow, that’s a bummer. “Unbreakable” is one of those quietly clever films that I think just happened to be released a little before it’s time – had it come out after the superhero film boom, it would have been better appreciated for the deconstruction of the hero archetype it was intended to be. I was really excited to see “Glass” come to fruition because Samuel L. is just a delight in whatever he does, so I’m not thrilled to know it’s not up to par given the potential it had.

    • isabelle says:

      Unbreakable had a good premise & take on a superhero movie , very original. Other than the Dark Knight think it is the best so called superhero movie.

  9. Chef Grace says:

    Never let critics keep me away from a movie.
    Split was so good. Sure they Hollywooded it but it is a movie not anything more. JM’s performance gave me cold chills but it was the young woman he kidnapped that stole the show. So chilling.

  10. Marianne Hord says:

    I dont really read reviews anymore, I typically watch some on youtube. Anyway, Dan Murrell from Screenjunkies really liked it but he also admitted that the film was going to be divisive. Plus, they also said James McAvoy really shines in this.

    • ichsi says:

      Yeah, I’ve seen a lot of movies that were quite frankly terrible yet critics loved it. Shyamalan has his problems and I do keep my expectations low for this, but I 100% do not give a cr*p about what some snooty critics think.

      • Marianne says:

        Eh, I like to watch critic reviews here and there because I think they have interesting things to say. And generally they’re articulate and explain themselves well. Even if they liked a movie I didnt or I liked a movie they didnt, I can still respect their opinion. That being said….if its a movie I really really really want to see, then I will. I either won’t watch the reviews until I’ve seen it or I’ll just shrug my shoulders and let myself form my opinions. Sometimes, I agree with what they had to say and sometimes I dont.

        Such is life.

  11. Tanesha86 says:

    I don’t put too much stock in film critic reviews honestly so I’ll be seeing this and judging for myself

  12. Xyz says:

    McAvoy is atonement is the best thing ever

  13. Suze says:

    I’m still gonna see it. I’ve been excited for it since the ending of Split. From the trailers, McAvoy looks excellent – and I’m excited to see Sam Jackson play a bad guy again.

  14. sunshine poolside says:

    It is probably too high-end and too artsy-methaphorical dark satire on the whole superhero movie stuff. Pity, the trailer looked enticing. Like a crossbreed between a horror movie and a superhero movie.

  15. Huskerduer says:

    What is the security tag on the bottom of Sarah’s dress?