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Teen Review: ‘Glass’ shatters your ideas about superheroes

by Khari Dawson

It’s easy for me to say that whatever M. Night Shyamalan decides to do in the world of cinema, I will be trailing behind him like a circus elephant, convinced that he has a peanut in his hand. His latest project that has my trunk blowing is Glass, the latest and last movie of his trilogy that includes Unbreakable (2000) and Split (2016). This review contains spoilers and recaps of all movies in the trilogy, so, if you wish to be surprised about certain twists, you may not wish to read further.

First, Unbreakable was mostly about David Dunn (Bruce Willis),  the super-strong-never-been-sick security guard discovering that he indeed was super strong and reacting to his realized strength as he reflects that he has, well, never been sick.  

Samuel L. Jackson, James McAvoy and Bruce Willis portray super-humans with questionable integrity.

Split was about multiple people. Or, rather, it was about multiple personalities who lived inside of one man. This man, Kevin Wendell Crumb (James McAvoy), a victim of an extremely violent past, developed a mental disorder with over thirty alternate identities fighting for the use of his body. One of his personalities manifested as a superhuman animal-like being that could scale walls and murder people effortlessly.

In Unbreakable, we were introduced to the one and only Elijah Glass (Samuel L. Jackson)  who, without a doubt, started Dunn on his journey of self-awareness as a super-human. In turn, Dunn’s epiphany validated Glass’ belief that he was a super-villain. With fragile bones confining him to a wheelchair and the care of his doting mother, Glass was discovered to be a mass murderer and unrepentant genius who was behind numerous incidents that led to him meeting Dunn. Rightfully convinced that life imitates the comic books that he had been reading since childhood, he is the villain to David Dunn’s superhero, and this last movie in the trilogy is in tribute to him, bearing his name.

Samuel L. Jackson plays the titular role of the genius maniac Elijah Glass

In Glass, Elijah uses his mega intelligence and his mangled body to wreak havoc and bring situations to the outcome that he desires. Dunn and Glass are reunited and both encounter Crumb for the first time. All harbor the common goal to escape the institution they were all taken to, accused of falsely assuming themselves to be superheroes.

The movie is epic in its darkness. However, I’d recommend the whole family go to see it. There were comedic moments and action scenes that everyone would enjoy. James McAvoy never seems to disappoint as Kevin Wendell Crumb and his alters, bringing pockets of humor to the movie when it’s getting a little to intense for the viewers. He seems to effortlessly play each role as if each alter is really living within the depths of his person. Bruce Willis, as always, delivers his very hard, fearless, every-man persona that he does excellently every time as David Dunn. And then there is Sam Jackson.

I have to let out a chuckle before I speak on Sam Jackson. The intense feeling of voyeurism, smarts, and determination that Elijah Glass gives off all while either limping away on a cane or wheeling himself around in a wheelchair is phenomenal. Joining forces with The Beast (the scariest and strongest of Kevin’s alters) is all we really needed for this film to be worth watching. Along with its many twists and turns, perfect cinematography, and riveting score, Glass gets high praise from me.

Khari Dawson is a high-school sophomore and a film student at the Community College of Baltimore County. She writes music and movie reviews and enjoys concerts in her free time. Check out her work at ilove2writestories.com

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Teen Review: ‘Stella’ brings comedy with dramatic insight

by Khari Dawson

Scrolling through my Instagram timeline late last year, I come across a video posted by @natandalex, a shared Instagram account of the multi-talented brother duo Nat and Alex Wolff. It was a trailer for a film called Stella’s Last Weekend.   What was clear about the movie post watching the trailer was that the two would be playing brothers lusting over the same girl. I was excited for the film for two reasons; Nat and Alex are two of my favorite young actors, and one of the main characters was a Black girl. The film was directed and written by the Wolffs’ mother, Polly Draper, who also plays their mother on screen. I watched the film this week, about five months after its initial release.

Alex and Nat Wolff as Jack and Oliver

The movie opens and roles are immediately established. Jack (Nat Wolff), is the more quiet and quaint brother compared to Oliver (Alex Wolff), who takes a photo of his butt to send to his girlfriend Violet (Paulina Singer) midday in the middle of the busy New York sidewalk. This movie proves to me just how good of an actor Alex Wolff is. Oliver is wildly different from Peter, his character from 2018’s most brash and shocking horror film, Hereditary.

The movie is a comedy, yet, deals with Sally’s (Polly Draper) struggle for control over her sons and the things around her. The film also focuses on Jack’s struggle for self-control around Violet all while the family’s childhood dog spends her last weekend before having a sort of “send off” party before getting put to sleep. The film’s tone is light-hearted although it ends with inevitable death.

The brothers’ relationship is truly endearing and their relationship with their mother (Polly Draper) is loving and comfortable. I found the movie funny while it was able to keep the drama alive and interesting. Every conversation between each character seemed to be meaningful, insightful, and important. While watching, I didn’t feel that a single second of my time was being wasted. This movie used comedy brilliantly, a best bet for teens and young adults to watch with a sibling. I thoroughly enjoyed it.


Khari Dawson is a high-school sophomore and a film student at the Community College of Baltimore County. She writes music and movie reviews and enjoys concerts in her free time. Check out her work at ilove2writestories.com