Movie Review: Split (2016)
My life lately involves me running late for anything that is not a professional endeavor. Every single movie we have tried to see recently we are sliding in after it has started. Yesterday was no exception, but The Founder had already been on for a few minutes so we bought tickets to see Split. I am going to get out with it right away: I am a fan of M. Night Shyamalan. He lost me on a couple (I’m lookin’ at you Lady in the Water and The Happening) but he has a few movies that I love. That is right- I LOVE. In the words of the great T.I. “Nevermind what haters say, ignore them ‘til they fade away.” Anyways-
Split 2016 – The newest M. Night Shyamalan
The trailer made me think of Identity every single time I saw it. I was going to sit Split out for a while and hear a little more buzz about it. Berk said he really enjoyed it so I figured at least we could compare notes.
Believe the hype, folks. While we have seen films before about characters with multiple personalities it has not been like this. McAvoy plays Kevin, host to twenty-odd other personalities. He works closely with a therapist to try to keep them all in check but somehow starts losing control. McAvoy’s performance is solid gold. His transition between characters is seamless and incredibly believable. I know it is super early in the year but I have a hard time seeing anyone outshine this performance. I will likely jump at the opportunity to see more of McAvoy’s movies.
I enjoyed the story. Kidnapping? Murder? Very real things that happen daily all over the world. I knew there would be a Shyamalan twist coming but I did not expect it to be what it was- even though I know to reserve any assumptions about what the twist could be because I will likely be wrong.
I do recommend seeing this film- catch it on the big screen if you have a chance! McAvoy should win awards for this role but I am not sure he will. I give movie the rating: Not Quite Golden, Ponyboy.