Hidden Meaning in SPLIT (M. Night Shyamalan) – Earthling Cinema

Hidden Meaning in SPLIT (M. Night Shyamalan) – Earthling Cinema


Greetings, and welcome to Earthling Cinema. I am your host, Garyx Wormuloid. This week’s artifact is Split, directed by
M. Night Shamwow, who himself is “split” into two different people: a competent director
and one of the shittiest directors of all time. The film opens on a human male named Dennis
kidnapping three adolescent girls, two of whom are popular and conventionally attractive and one of whom is a loser but is also conventionally attractive. Only it just so happens that Dennis isn’t Dennis at all. He’s Kevin, and Kevin has 23 personalities,
one of whom is Dennis, and none of whom are Kevin. Got it? Too late, we’re moving on. Once the girls are all good and kidnapped,
they meet some of the other personalities, such as Irish singer-songwriter Sinead O’Connor
and Hedwig. My name’s Hedwig. A nine-year-old snowy owl. Hedwig reveals to them that they will be sacrificed
to a secret, even more powerful 24th personality called The Beast. Casey, the outcast girl, tries to find a window
so she can ride Hedwig’s feathery wings to freedom, but he’s too young to get the reference. Dennis goes undercover pretending to be a
personality named Barry — which on Earth was always short for Barack — but his therapist
Dr. Fletcher senses something awry and demands to see his long form birth certificate. Dennis, is that you? This seems as good a time as any to turn into
The Beast, so that’s exactly what happens. Then The Beast turns into Spiderman
and kills Dr. Fletcher. Old Spidey is just about to polish off a couple
of flies when out of nowhere Casey starts shooting him just to be mean. The Beast doesn’t take it personally though,
and spares her life on account of her chill body art. Elsewhere, Dennis, Sinead, and Hedwig flap
their gabs about what a beauty The Beast is and how jazzed they are for the sequel. This is so cool! Actually, make that the threequel, because
this movie is already a sequel, because apparently the guy from Unbreakable has been watching
it on TV the whole time. Hold onto your fucking nips, it’s a retroactive
cinematic universe! The themes of Split center around the human
psyche, a delicate and ultimately pointless mutation. The film is set mostly in an underground labyrinth,
which reflects the subconscious — just as the girls are trapped in the basement, so
too are they trapped by the whims of Kevin’s freshly buffed chrome dome. The motif of windows suggests an ability to
move between various states of mind, much in the same way Microsoft Windows allowed
Earthlings to move from error messages to porn and back to error messages. Now it’s closed. Now it’s open. Now it’s closed. Now it’s open. Kevin’s personalities learn to create their
own window through which they can access control of Kevin’s body and impressively diverse wardrobe. Specifically, Split examines the condition
of suffering, which I guess is what happens when your body doesn’t naturally synthesize
euphorium, if you can imagine that. While the title most obviously reflects Kevin’s
goofed-up noggin, it also alludes to the idea of post-traumatic growth. The film posits that those who have experienced
trauma are stronger, and perhaps even further evolved, than the dirty neanderthals who have not. Have these individuals, through their suffering, unlocked the potential of the brain? This hypothesis reflects Friedrich Nietzsche’s
axiom: “Out of life’s school of war, what does not destroy me, makes me stronger,” a
sentiment later echoed by philosopher Kelly Clarkson. This idea is embodied literally in Kevin,
whose traumatic childhood first triggered his multiple personality disorder, and ultimately leads him to become bulletproof, like philosopher 50 cent. Casey manifests this concept more subtly — you
know, the way losers do. At the end of the film, The Beast spares Casey
because he can tell she has suffered. Your heart is pure. But from the beginning, Casey’s trauma
translates into experience. Pee on yourself. That helps her endure the horror of her forced sabbatical. While Claire and Marcia are terrified and
act basic as hell, Casey is level-headed and better able to communicate with Kevin’s personalities. And communication is important in all relationships,
even psychotic ones — just take my ex-wife. Please! Take her as an example! Indeed, while The Beast is physically stronger
than Casey, the film makes the point that Casey’s emotional resilience is the real MVP. The Beast may be able to climb walls and shoot
webbing from his wrists, but he’s an amoral creature who devours young girls without even
cooking them, no better than Casey’s monstrous uncle or the animals in the zoo. The ending implies that rather than breaking
her down further, Casey’s recent trauma has allowed her to find an elevated emotional state. In contrast to her failure to defend herself
as a child, she is able to shoot The Beast when he attacks her, a nice victory that ultimately
accomplishes nothing. And once she is rescued – Your uncle’s here. – the film suggests she can finally break free from the abusive patterns of her past. Right? I think that’s what that look on her face means. Or maybe she’s just sleepy. Who cares, at least it’s not that movie
with the killer plants For Earthling Cinema, I’m Garyx Wormuloid.

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  1. Could you do a Hidden Meaning video to some of Shyamalan's other works? My personal requests being his most 2 most famous works 'Unbreakable' and 'The Sixth Sense', and the criminally underrated 'The Village'?

  2. 1. Garrex and Karen got divorced?!
    2. I found it strange that a personality created to protect from childhood trauma could be a child (teen) predator. Seems like an existential oxymoron.
    3. I still don't get the ending

  3. I'm sure there's some symbolism to do with animals like how the ending was in a zoo with caged animals. It's probably seen as a separation between Casey and everyone else? Or her hunting abilities are seen as a mastery over things that are below her.

  4. That would be such a twist in real life if m. Night has a twin brother who pretends to be a director and made all those terrible movies.

  5. The problem I have with this movie is that how would the Beast know anyone is un-pure? Like there are tons of people who have diseases, been sexually abused, mental illnesses, etc with no physical evidence??? Like fuck outta here M. Night.

  6. i just don't agree with you coparing the "beast"-a personnality that immerges as a reaction to childhood trauma and abuse-to the abusive uncle of casey ! the movie actually suggests that casey and kevin are the "same" , mindless the diffrent aspects of their evolution, and due to that realisation casey is finally ready to face up to her abuser

  7. Dear Jared from wisecrack, PLEASE do a philosophy of Unbreakable. Please make it in depth. I never get what I want. Please surprise me.

  8. "…the human psyche, a delicate and ultimately pointless mutation." – omfg i was laughing so hard to the point of having tears.

  9. 4:18 For a channel who is at times critical, acerbic and prides itself on originality and criticizes anyone in the film industry who is not, plagiarism should be at the bottom of their list, yet it's not. "Take my wife, for example. No, please, take her" is an old joke by the late Rodney Dangerfield. Should have at least included a reference to Rod, even as a joke, you witty, clever little cunts.

  10. One of the shittiest directors of all time, really? Come on wisecrack Shyamalan is one of the greatest directors ever. However, I'm sure there is no one true great.

  11. Unforgiven. Eastwood, God, and Mississippi Burning. King Arthur’s last stand.

    Magnificent Seven…..

    I mean…..

    Seven Samurai. Ran. Yojimbo. How could your vault lack Kurosawa?

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