“But what if Split somehow turns out to be better than we feared?”
That is a very poignant question and one that has been playing around in the back of our heads since this whole thing began.
Shyamalan is typically known for his “twists” at the end of his films.
Like how Signs was actually about real f*cking aliens when right up until that claw came out under the door, we thought it was just going to be a hoax.
The whole thing about this scary, unknown “personality” that is “coming”, and powerful enough to override all the others, could…
turn out to be something good???
Like, after being forcibly repressed by the hysterical psyciatrist lady (/she’s/ the actual villain for sabotaging their system, keeping them separated and allowing this all to happen), “The Beast” breaks through at the last moment and is all:
“OK, ENOUGH! I’ve had it with you people. We are setting them free and turning ourselves in right NOW!
Yes, that means you too young man!
And you! Limey-wannabe! How could you just stand by and let this happen?!
Dr. Cornelia Wilbur fan girl! Don’t think I don’t see you trying to sneak off. You better have a damn good lawyer and get ready to kiss your license and credibility goodbye!
I remember EVERYTHING you did to keep me hidden and from taking control of the situation.
You’re just as much to blame as we are.”
For singlets, that would be one hell of a twist.
That would make this film unlike the typical “Multiple Personality”-gimmicked movie.
It’d be the first quasi-positive portrayal of plurality on film, ever.
It’s too bad that like 98% of the film would still be totally negative, though.
Many singlets will not see this film, but they will know enough about it from the previews and hype over the 98% to [i]not[/i] be aware of any redeeming qualities it may have without spoilering it for themselves.
“Oh, that’s how it ends? That’s boring. He’s really let himself go as a filmmaker.”
So am I just being too optimistic?
It that why he felt “touched and honored” at the “magical” premier in Rome?
Is it too much to expect a twist that casts us in a positive light?
That yes, we can be responsible?
That yes, the scariest among us system-folk can be the “good guys”?
(I know a few protectors who would love to see that happen.)
I’d love nothing more than for the open letter to be totally unnecessary.
But history is against us, folks.
An anti-climactic ending like that wouldn’t be very popular with the neurotypical singlet crowd.
Today’s “Hollywood Ending” means everyone dies.
They want to see the crazy people put down like the wild animals they think we are.
Anyone else care to weigh in?