By A. Goehle (Hagerstown, Maryland, USA)

 

Split is, by far, one of my favorite movies. This is not a statement meant to be taken lightly, as horror is NOT my favorite genre. It easily makes one of my top 7 favorite movies.

The story revolves around three teenage girls who were abducted by a man with split personalities. They are held captive by him for an undisclosed reason, and are, obviously, trying to find an escape route and set themselves to freedom.

This is my first experience with M. Night Shyamalan, and it was certainly a pleasurable one. I will begin with commenting on the excellent portrayals of characters by the main cast; James McAvoy (Kevin), Betty Buckley (Dr. Karen Fletcher), Anya Taylor-Joy (Casey), Haley Lu Richardson (Claire), and Jessica Sula (Marcia).

James McAvoy did a phenomenal job at portraying his character of Kevin Wendell Crumb, a man with twenty-three distinct personalities. Each one was easily distinguishable from the others, and that made up points for McAvoy, because someone who didn’t have the talent that he showed would have easily ruined the entire movie.

Betty Buckley also displayed her outstanding acting skills as her character, Dr. Karen Fletcher, a psychologist desperately trying to get in touch with each of Kevin’s personalities, and make it known to the world that DID (Dissociative Identity Disorder) is a true disease and deserves recognition. She believes that Kevin is brilliant, and may contain special powers not contained within us.

Anya Taylor-Joy deserved more recognition in this movie, but sadly did not get enough. In my opinion, the movie should have been more about Casey, and less about Kevin. But, that is not her fault, and I can do nothing other than congratulate her on her performance. I can assure you that you WILL feel for her. The pieces that you will discover make up her life will have an impact on you. She was definitely serious about her role, however, it would’ve been nice to have seen a little more of her.

Haley Lu Richardson and Jessica Sula were, in all honesty, a little bit disappointing. I was not terribly impressed with either role. They did what the script said, and clearly what was asked of them. Unfortunately, that was all that they accomplished, and they didn’t impress too much by going above and beyond the call of duty.

The plot was very interesting. M. Night Shyamalan did a lot to impress the viewers of Split, and he did not disappoint. He knew just when to make you laugh, and just when to make you scream out of fear. And very often would you switch back and forth between the two in a matter of seconds. As I have said before, I have not seen any other Shyamalan movies, so I cannot comment on a comparison between any other of his movies and Split. But, let the record show, he’d have to be one of the best writers of all time if all of his movies are as impressing as this one.

****PARENTS: Take heed of the PG-13 rating. This probably wouldn’t be the best movie to take your children under 10 to. There is a bit of cussing, teenage girls stripped to their underwear, and rape is heavily mentioned.

I definitely recommend seeing Split to everyone. It was a masterpiece, and I do bestow my compliments upon M. Night Shyamalan for his outstanding work.

Rating: 5/5

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