Ms. Jaime Vachon
The scene: Three teenage girls locked in a basement, with one man who is actually 23 different people, with a dangerous 24th personality threatening to surface and dominate the others.
M. Night Shymalan’s psychological thriller, Split, keeps the audience engaged throughout the film. One minute you’ll be watching the spine-chilling kidnap of three teenage girls, and the next you’ll be laughing darkly at James Mcavoy’s portrayal of his 9 year old boy personality, Hedwig. I say darkly because the image is rather funny, a grown man talking in a child’s voice saying childishly humorous things. However, then one remembers this man suffers from multiple personality disorder, and is not in fact a little boy who loves to dance to Kanye West.
James Mcavoy’s acting is what truly makes Split a worthwhile film. When asked about Mcavoy’s acting, Split fan Abby Thut said, “It was so good. The guy with multiple personalities, I wish I could give a golden globe. Top notch.” Mcavoy will have you really believing he has split personalities. It’s no surprise since he won four best actor awards in 2013 for his work in the film Filth. Mcavoy will have you really believing he has multiple people inside of him. It’s astonishing watching Mcavoy being able to switch personalities mid scene.
Of course Mcavoy can’t take all the credit. Anya Taylor-Joy plays the main character, Casey. Throughout the film are flashbacks to Casey’s dark past, which interestingly plays an important role in the end.
M. Night Shamaylan has directed a truly unmissable film. According to Rottentomatoes, Split is now Shamalyan’s second highest rated movie, with The Sixth Sense being his top rated movie. Split fans will be happy to know that Shamalyan has hinted at a sequel, tweeting, “I have an 11 page outline for my next film in my bag. I can’t tell you what it is, but If you’ve seen #Split…” Only time will tell if the sequel will hold up to the first.