Split Honest Trailer: Shyamalan is Actually Kinda Good Again

With the release of the film's Blu-ray this week, Honest Trailers takes aim at M. Night Shyamalan's latest, surprising hit, Split.

Split (2017) - James McAvoy

[This post will contain spoilers for the end of Split.]


Honest Trailers has now taken aim at M. Night Shyamalan's hit thriller Split. By any standards, 2017 has already turned into an incredibly successful year for cinema, despite only being four months into the year so far. With notable, critically-acclaimed blockbusters like Logan, John Wick: Chapter 2, The LEGO Batman Movie, and Beauty and the Beast, 2017 has proven to be a stark contrast to 2016's mostly lackluster blockbuster lineup. But perhaps the most surprising hits of the year have come from the independent genre, and arguably the most surprisingly good film this year wound up being writer and director Shyamalan's Split.

A psychological thriller combined with an isolated horror film, Split has often been regarded as not only Shyamalan's long-awaited comeback film, after years and years of disappointing big-budget studio outings, but one of his best films to date, just in general. As it turns out, even the folks over at Honest Trailers agree with that assessment too.

The online comedy series from Screen Junkies released their latest Honest Trailer today, this time taking direct aim at Split. First recognizing how strange it is to be talking about a Shyamalan film in a positive light again, the video does, however, go on to acknowledge that the film does still feature some of the writer and director's more irritating tropes. These include strangely, painfully elaborate monologues seemingly out of nowhere from characters, wooden acting from supporting actors, and long moments of just two characters staring at each other. There's even a nice, last minute dig at Split's similarities to last year's 10 Cloverfield Lane, which also focused on a girl getting kidnapped into the underground lair of a psychopath.

Split (2017) - James McAvoy

Of course, it doesn't take long for the trailer to discuss just how game-changing the final twist of Split actually is either, with Shyamalan taking the time to reveal that the film is, more or less, an indirect spin-off/sequel to his beloved 2000 take on a superhero film, Unbreakable. It was something that fans everywhere were blown away by, and meant an unexpected step in the right direction for one of Shyamalan's most-requested films of his career.

Since the theatrical release of Split back in January, Shyamalan has gone on to confirm that he's currently working on the script for a Split and Unbreakable sequel, with the hopes of it being his next film. Whether or not that ends up coming into fruition, like many fans are hoping, will have to wait to be seen, but the overwhelming financial success of Split only helps the filmmaker more towards achieving that goal. Considering that Split has brought an end to over a decade-long rut for Shyamalan also, it only feels fitting that he might he cement his comeback once and for all, by returning to one of his most beloved and original films to date.

Split is now available on Blu-ray.

Source: Screen Junkies

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