By: David Waterman
This month’s focus is on Split, the new thriller by M. Night Shyamalan. There are limited spoilers contained in the review below consisting of mainly background information. These reasons hopefully give enough context to decide whether or not this movie is worth the view.
Reason 1: Split has an excellent story, Kevin has 23 different personalities he fluidly switches between, and an extra personality called “the Beast.” Kevin kidnaps three teenage girls, and the movie shows their struggle in the underground prison Kevin has created. The story is chilling and always intriguing, and the result of each identity arguing is very interesting.
Reason 2: Dark visuals, claustrophobic spaces, and intimidating sound design all contribute to the thrill and emotion. The visuals in this movie are very important, and are enjoyable. This factor alone is a worthwhile reason to see this movie.
Reason 3: M. Night Shyamalan is a director who leaves major questions unanswered until the end. The twists are what his movies do best, and Split is no exception. The confrontation between “the Beast” and Casey reveals a dark and disturbing reveal, and leaves a big impression. This is a return to form from Shyamalan, and is a pleasant surprise for his fans.
Reason 4: James McAvoy plays Kevin, and has an incredible performance, rivaled only by his costar Anya Taylor-Joy who plays Casey. McAvoy portrays each identity of Kevin with great complexity and chilling dedication. Taylor-Joy’s acting and fear is so believable that she imparts these emotions on the audience as well, and makes every scene convincing.
Verdict: Split is a very enjoyable movie to see, and will have you on the edge of your seat. Through the visuals, the incredible acting, and writing Split makes itself more than worthwhile.