Glasende: M. Evening Shyamalan defends the much-criticized demise of Bruce Willis’ David Dunn
Filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan’s superhero trilogy from Unbreakable, Split and Glass was hyped as a grounded, mature retelling of the superhero myth that capes and tights are nowhere to be seen, and having super powers is as much a curse as it is a gift. While Shyamalan’s trilogy has been praised for its unconventional approach to superheroes, the series’ grand finale received some criticism.
Much of the criticism had to do with David Dunn, played by Bruce Willis. Dunn was first featured in Unbreakable and was used as the hero of the story. He is an overpowering man with unbreakable skin and a water weakness who tries to stop the machinations of the super villains Mr. Glass and The Horde. Sadly, Glass ends David’s adventures by drowning the character in a puddle of water. In an interview with Uproxx, M. Night Shyamalan explained why David had to go out so shamefully.
“Well, in the end, that the simplest thing can bring down the strongest person. That it’s more like Achilles’ heel, that in the myth you don’t need an army to defeat the strongest man when you know their weakness.”
So it seems that the scene in which David Dunn drowns helplessly in a puddle of water was supposed to evoke one of the most traditional traditions in the superhero myth, that of the “superhero kryptonite”. If you remember, Superman may be the strongest man in the word, but when you hold a shard of kryptonite in front of his face he instantly turns into a helpless mess that can barely stand upright.
Though David’s death makes sense in context, the visual impact of seeing the show’s strongest character overcome by a puddle was too much for critics. Glass received terrible reviews from many quarters, and while the film had a decent show at the box office, Shyamalan admitted last year that a film he had tried so hard to tear apart hit him hard and all what he could do was cry.
“I was in London when I heard the US reviews were bad for ‘Glass’. I was sitting in a makeup chair for a TV show and crying … we had just got back from the London screenings, We just had great screenings all over the world. Basically I wasn’t prepared. I got the wrong feeling that I was part of the group in a safe way. But boy, did I feel upset that day. Honestly, I had that Feeling, “Will they never let me be different without throwing me in the trash?” The feeling of worthlessness haunted me, and to be honest, it never really goes away. But the movie went on anyway, right? became number one in every country in the world and represents my beliefs. ”
These comments first appeared on Uproxx.
Subjects: glass, unbreakable