|This is truly an excellent image. First, melding the four faces together--Kevin, Dr. Staple, David and Glass--demonstrates that which is not possible: all four of these characters are their own, that is, they have their own role to play in the film, just as you and I have our own "roles" to play in our individual lives. No matter how badly one hates individuals, one can't simply decide all people are alike or created equally and then attempt to make them fit into a pattern or a perception of reality, which is what the Left is attempting to achieve all over the world today.|
Now, we have an issue of "erasure," specifically, that the word GLASS is written over the eyes and part of the nose of the conglomerate face in the poster. Erasure is meant to demonstrate that something is inadequate, and yet necessary. So, the word GLASS "erases" the dominant features of the conglomerate face, because the conglomerate is not adequate to relay to the viewer what the film makers want to say, however, it's necessary because there is not a better image which can, so the image is in a state of inadequacy but necessity, because there is so much more they want to say, but can't.
Surrealist artist Rene Magritte did a famous image of a pipe and titled the work, This Is Not A Pipe, and it caused a bit of an uproar, because, of course it was a pipe; but no, it was only a picture of a pipe, not a real pipe. We can "deconstruct" the word GLASS in the same way: this isn't actually glass, it's a digital image of glass,... or does GLASS refer to the character Mr. Glass? Or does GLASS refer to the title of the film? We actually don't know to what GLASS refers, and so this open-ended word, "erasing" the identities of the characters, fractured by all the shards, splinters and cracks, leaves us with quite a mess; or does it?
Symbolically, we know that glass means meditation: when someone looks into a mirror, or through a window, for example, they are meditating upon themselves and matters of the interior world; likewise, GLASS is calling for us the viewers to meditate as well, especially given the fractured and damaged nature of the glass we see with the fragments of characters; have our own identities been damaged, or are they endangered? Between the A and the first S is a big white spot, suggesting that the "glass" we see that produced all the damage and splinters was hit by something really hard; there is a saying, "to hit someone between the eyes" so they can see something that is obvious and apparent to everyone else, and that looks like what this poster has exactly tried to do: that is, hit the viewer between the eyes with the reality of what is happening to our own identities and why.
|Sarah Paulson portrays Dr. Ellie Staple; the name is particularly interesting because when we staple something together, we want to "keep it together," such as pieces of paper; that's probably at least one level of the symbolism of her name, that she views the three men as nothing more than "case files" and not really human beings with individuation and gifts, rather, she is the arm of the psychiatric institution (a great socialist monolith of government control, think about what happens at the end of The Chernobyl Diaries and what happens to the American tourists).|
This is an interesting little note: the psychiatric hospital being used (although we don't know if it will be named as this in the movie) is the Allentown State Hospital, which perchance references the 1983 Billy Joel hit song Allentown about workers who are depressed because the steel industries are closing; the song is meant to give hope and sustenance to the hard-workers; if there is a link between the hospital and the song, it suggests that the "delusion of grandeur" being investigated by Dr. Staple is that of the American work ethic and our belief in the strength and perseverance of individuals. Perhaps you will recall the 2016 film Cure For Wellness which also takes place in a psychiatric hospital: that was the same hospital where Adolf Hitler recovered from his wounds after World War I, so I don't think it's such a stretch to link the mental hospital with the 1983 hit song Allentown.
It's been plaguing the news--anyone keeping up with The Drudge Report at least--that "toxic masculinity," i.e., masculinity, that traditional masculine gender roles are viciously under siege by the Left; why? Like David Dunn who sees himself as a "protector," masculinity means leadership, courage and justice; three traits socialists hate (did Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders have even one of these in any measurable degree?) because it makes otherwise easily herded people into thinking and self-actualizing individuals, and individuals (as opposed to those who want to mindlessly belong to a group) are the greatest threat to a socialist society.
Elijah, one of the most powerful prophets of all time, meaning "My God is Yahu," Mr. Glass prefers to identify himself with his sinful nature, rather than the divine nature to which every single person is called (our soul which is God's Gift to each of us) and this is why he "teams up with" The Beast in Kevin: as an unmasked face of socialism, The Beast is the animal that socialists believe each and everyone of us actually is, not a child of God, merely an accident of nature with no dignity, vocation or purpose. The fruits of these labors have been a long time in coming for Shyamalan, but I'm confident they will be well worth the wait!
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