6 points about
I have no plans to spoil this movie, but should the need to discuss a spoiler come upon me, I will clearly label it. This is probably a warning that should have to come with all movie from critically acclaimed director turned multiple razzie award winner, M. Night Shyamalan. He and Michael Bay were considered the laughing stock of the film world, yet both continued to be attached to projects, simply for the reason is that their name carried weight. The case of M. Night is one that interests me a lot. I am a huge fan of both The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable, but almost everything else that the guy churned out was utter crap. (I haven’t seen Signs). Everybody loves a good redemption story, and the trailers looked great, so I was looking forward to seeing what the movie would be like. Read my 6 points about Split below to find out.
1. James McAvoy was outrageously good.
Playing one character in a movie requires extreme research and attention for any actor/actress. James McAvoy was given the task of playing almost 24 different characters. He pulled this off perfectly. Somehow, with little time to grow into each personality of ‘Kevin’, McAvoy put in an astounding performance. If he was eligible for an Oscar then 100% he would get a nomination. McAvoy has never gotten to show this level of acting, and he showcased his talents perfectly. He was able to change in an instant, and he really was carrying the movie at times. He had some great scenes, including one particular dance scene. You will know it when you see it. He was able to grow into the different personas of this person so well that it seemed seamless. I can’t praise McAvoy enough for his performance in Split.
2. The story was highly intense
If you saw the trailers for this movie, then you have a fair idea of how intense this movie is. Shyamalan took the movie the movie in a very bold, yet shocking way. And that is before we get to the signature twist. The first time we meet James McAvoy’s character sets the tone for the movie to follow, and if you think that scene was thrilling, just you wait. The movie definitely sits more in the genre of thriller/horror rather than just a straight up horror movie with jump scares galore. There are so many examples of single scenes that you could show somebody without having them watch the entire movie, and they will have chills down their spine. One of these was when the girls see a girl in a dress outside, until the camera pans up and it is revealed to be one of the personalities of Kevin. Or even all of the scenes involving Kevin’s 9 year old boy personality could fall under this category as well.
3. Every one of the 23 personalities were as interesting as the last.
Obviously, not every single personality was shown on screen, or the movie would have been far too long. But the few most interesting ones were delved very deep into, and they were wonderful acting, it all felt realistic. They all interacted excellently, and this concept was brilliant by itself. A good concept such as this, which id breaking the bounds of reality, isn’t always effective e.g. Lucy. But Split works and is not only a very good movie, but very intriguing movie.
4. There was a part of the movie that just got a bit unrealistic for me.
Split was actually quite grounded for quite a well. Considering this was a very out-there plot, Shyamalan did a wonderful job at keeping the story feeling real and gritty. There was one specific part of the movie that just went a bit too far. It felt out of touch with the rest of the movie, and for a movie that I was really enjoying, it put a real damper in my thoughts on this movie. This could have been done in a less silly way, and for me anyway, this would have thoroughly improved Split. Given that I don’t want to give away what this is, there is not much else to say on the topic, but once you see it, you will know what I am talking about. That’s not to say that you won’t love it, as I have heard many people rave about this element of Split.
5. I want to talk spoilers in the last point, so I will summarise here instead.
Overall, Split is a very good horror/thriller, and is a great addition to the ever-growing genre. Split is also a real return to form for M. Night Shyamalan, and I look forward to seeing what he does next. Split is not on the level of The Sixth Sense or Unbreakable, but it’s a step in the right direction. I will give Split an 7.5/10.
6. Spoilers here, so look away if you don’t want to know the trademark twist. You have been warned.
This wasn’t really a twist to be honest. It was more of a tease. Now, for starters, I loved this little tease, and seeing Bruce Willis back as David Dunn was fantastic. But it didn’t make the movie better as a whole. It wasn’t a twist that had much to do with the two hour movie I just watched, and was simply a set up. Split had a few problems, but it was a perfectly fine stand-alone movie. This sort of twist almost felt just flagpoled in at the end to get people buzzing. Again, don’t get me wrong. I loved Unbreakable, and I can’t wait for the follow up, but my above thoughts should give you a feel for my general thoughts on Split.