It’s time for yet another review, this time without romance or comedy – now I’m going to talk about a movie I had huge expectations for: Split. I watched this movie a couple of months ago after it was recommended to me by several people who were mesmerized by James McAvoy’s acting as he is portraying nine different people on screen.
Split is a “horror” about three girls who are abducted after a birthday party by a stranger who they later learn has dissociative identity disorder and has 23 different personalities. Extremely frightened, the girls try to find out which of these personalities could help them escape before encountering the terrifying 24th personality. I can’t tell you more without spoiling, so if it sounds as interesting as it did to me, hurry up and watch it.
I must admit that, because it was described as a horror movie, I was a bit disappointed as there was absolutely nothing scary about the movie. However, I was beyond fascinated by James McAvoy’s acting! I am yet to see him in another movie, so I don’t know if I can say that he gives the performance of his career in Split but I can guarantee you that, without him, this movie wouldn’t work. He makes his transitions from one personality into another seem incredibly easy. There is a scene where you can see his face change completely as he turns into another person – it gave me goosebumps.
What I love about Split is that it is full of suspense and tasteful jump scares. As a viewer, you get the unsettling feeling of awaiting the next personality Kevin will turn into and what that personality will do, which makes this movie unique. Overall, the movie is entertaining with interesting characters and a very interesting story (though a notch exaggerated in regards to DID), but some things were unnecessarily sad, such as one of the girls’s incest experience with her uncle (portrayed by Brad William Henke who plays the despicable Piscatella on Orange Is the New Black). When the 24th personality showed itself, I was like “Are you f**king kidding me?!” because the transition was extremely exaggerated and unrealistic – DID is a mental disorder but yet Kevin manages to bulk up in matter of minutes… Sorry, Kevin, I’m a strength training enthusiast and I’m not buying that. Anyway, Split is a good movie and, if you want to see very good acting, this movie is a go-to since James McAvoy IS the movie. I don’t feel that it deserves top grades but I’ll give it a solid 4 out of 5 clapperboards based on the creative story, good acting, and the cross-over with some Unbreakable elements. And rumor has it (and James McAvoy’s Instagram account) that a sequel is on its way, which I’m pretty excited about.