by Lifestyle Movie Reviewer, Shannon Griffiths
GLASS – 3/5 STARS
The final piece in M. Night Shyamalan’s unexpected puzzle collectively known as “The Eastrail
177 Trilogy”, Glass is sequel to both 2000’s Unbreakable and 2017’s Split, tying together both films’ narratives for a grand finale in the uniquely crazy way only Shyamalan can.
Starring James McAvoy reprising the many personalities who live inside Kevin Wendell Crumb and the always welcomed combination of Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson back for unfinished business after almost twenty years between appearances, all hell promises to break lose when three men with unhinged superhuman abilities are locked away in the same facility.
Three weeks since Kevin (McAvoy) earned himself the nickname “The Horde”, David Dunn a.k.a. “The Overseer” (Willis) and his now-adult son Joseph (Spencer Treat Clark) search for his whereabouts, hoping to save four missing cheerleaders they suspect have fallen prey to
personality #24 – “The Beast”. Using his extrasensory abilities to locate the superhuman-form Kevin and following a brief fight spilling into the streets, both are apprehended and placed into a mental institution, where Elijah Price (Jackson) David’s sworn enemy also known as “Mr. Glass” is also being held.
Given three days to evaluate the patients ‘delusions of grandeur’ whom she claims all seem to believe in one or another are modern-day superheroes, Dr. Ellie Staple (Sarah Paulson) refuses to believe superhuman beings exist despite the evidence and plans brain surgery for all three. Set to prove to the world they do indeed exist, Mr. Glass works away at secret plan to break out with the help of one or more of Kevin’s personalities.
A grounded superhero flick with a clever reveal that’s also a lot better than most critics would have you believe, there’s no denying that both Unbreakable and Split are indeed superior films, but as a conclusion to the long-gestating film series no-one was really expecting, this glass is more half full than empty.
McAvoy’s performance alone is worth the price of admission.
GREEN BOOK – 5/5 STARS
A serious front-runner to take home the Academy Award for Best Picture at this year’s Oscars, the terrific Green Book is a comedy-drama starring Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali as two real-life figures who undertook an interesting journey together over fifty years ago.
Set in the Deep South in the 1960s, the film follows the story and unlikely friendship of classical
jazz pianist Don Shirley and Italian-American bouncer Tony “Lip” Vallelonga who served as Shirley’s driver and bodyguard. Directed by Peter Farrelly (one half of the famous Farrelly Brothers mostly known for Dumb and Dumber), you’ll laugh, you’ll cry and you’ll be entertained as you embark on the simple yet touching tale of two men who came together to help one another at a time where racial discrimination was at its peak.
New York City bouncer Frank “Tony Lip” Vallelonga (Mortensen) is in need of new employment after the nightclub he works for is closed down for renovations. Invited for an interview with “Doc” Don Shirley (Ali), a world-class black pianist looking for a driver for an eight-week tour through America’s Mid-West to Deep South, he quickly takes on the job and is given a copy of “The Green Book” – A guide for black travellers to find motels, restaurants and anything in-between that will serve them. Initially irritated by each other but soon becoming unexpected pals, Tony bares witness to the increasingly appalling way in which Don is treated by guests and members of the public when he is not on stage. Helping Tony pen letters to his wife (Linda Cardellini) and getting to know one another across country, two men from completely different sides of life bond over one unforgettable journey.
An enjoyable ride through serious subject matter and featuring two well-matched leads in roles
they’re both subsequently nominated for Oscars for, Green Book is the best film out right now and one you really shouldn’t miss.