Critics Shatter Glass

This weekend at the movies, we’ve got superheroes (Glass, starring Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Willis, and James McAvoy) and Super Saiyans (Dragon Ball Super: Broly). What are the critics saying?

In 2000, before superhero movies were all the rage, director M. Night Shyamalan followed up his breakout hit The Sixth Sense with Unbreakable, starring Bruce Willis as a security guard who discovers he possesses supernatural powers. It earned a cult following over the ensuing decade and a half, when Shyamalan’s thriller Split revealed itself to be a sequel to the film. This week, we close out the trilogy with Glass, which reunites Willis’ David Dunn with Unbreakable co-star Samuel L. Jackson’s Elijah Price and Split star James McAvoy’s Kevin Wendell Crumb, as all three find themselves captured in the same mental hospital, facing off against a mysterious psychiatrist. Critics say that, despite a few entertaining flourishes, Glass fails to capitalize on the inventiveness of its predecessors and succumbs to Shyamalan’s most indulgent tendencies.

If you’re an average moviegoer, you may not have seen much marketing behind Dragon Ball Super: Broly, but rest assured that the series it represents has been popular with young audiences for decades, and those who are fans are likely aware of the film’s existence. This is, in fact, the 20th feature film to come from the iconic Dragon Ball anime series, and it focuses on series protagonists Goku and Vegeta’s encounters with another Saiyan like them, Broly, with tragic connections to their past. If you’re a Dragon Ball fan who’s been waiting for the film to open, critic reviews aren’t going to mean much to you, but for what it’s worth, most of them say it’s packed with eye-popping, beautifully animated action, and it reintroduces a character many fans feel was mishandled in the past. If you’re unfamiliar with the series, chances are you’ll be lost, but for those who have kept up, this should be a treat.

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