By TheIndianGuy (Bangalore, India)



Split, directed by M. Night Shyamalan starring James McAvoy, Anna Taylor-Joy and Betty Buckley is a Thriller/Mystery, which revolves around three girls trying to escape from a man battling a mental disorder.

Another masterpiece by M. Night Shyamalan. The storytelling in this movie is stellar. This movie is gripping, engaging and thrilling. The way the story unfolds is just magical. With each passing scene, a little bit more is revealed about a character. Just enough to keep you engaged while being too little to make enough sense. This method of storytelling really binds the audience to the film. The movie presents the audience with little scenes like pieces of a puzzle, one at a time. At the end of the film, it provides a feeling of excitement to the audience when they are able to successfully arrange the pieces. Throughout the film, the little scenes baffle and somewhat confuse you almost to the extent that there may be times where you pause and question, “Where the heck is this going?” but the movie does anything but disappoint. The entire movie is neatly tied up towards the end making you feel that the time you spent wasn’t for naught.

The characterizations in the movie were solid. Each character was depicted uniquely and their roles in the movie were clearly written. There were no loose ends to the characters in my opinion and the characters felt real to an extent.

The acting in this movie is necessarily the cream or crux of this movie. James McAvoy plays the lead character named Kevin. Kevin is a person suffering from Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID) and consequently has 23 personalities. James McAvoy essentially plays 23 characters in this movie, while only seven of those characters are actually given screen time; it is still an incredibly difficult challenge for one person to play seven distinct characters. However, James McAvoy portrays them with sheer brilliance. Each character is so amazingly portrayed that I could spend the rest of this review talking about how brilliant an actor James McAvoy is.

The real gem behind this feat is seen in one of the final scenes after the real Kevin is revealed, which without giving much away is, in my opinion, one of the best scenes in the movie. Words cannot describe the pure genius that is James McAvoy’s acting in this movie. Apart from James McAvoy who is the real reason to watch this movie, the supporting role of Dr. Fletcher played by Betty Buckley is noteworthy. She does an excellent job at portraying the passionate doctor who is trying to genuinely help Kevin with his condition and the difficulties faced by him. Her role is key in understanding Kevin and her portrayal makes the audience genuinely empathize with him. Anna Taylor also excellently plays the terrified victim who is battling her own personal problems.

The movie score directed by West Dylan Thordson is perfect. The music has this very eerie vibe, which goes well with what happens through the entire movie. It evokes the exact same emotion that the method of storytelling does, which is that it often keeps the audience guessing and confused.

The conclusion to this film is one of the things I like the most. While I cannot say more since that would mean spoiling the ending, I will say that after the end, the audience are still left in wonder.

In conclusion to the review, Split is a Thriller/Mystery film done right. The highlights in this film are, the engaging storytelling, acting of James McAvoy, and the beautiful ending.

Rating: 4/5



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