Movie Review: Split

Posted March 15, 2017 by Alexia in movie review / 3 Comments

I am a huge fan of M. Night Shaymalan so when I saw the previews for this movie I knew I had to see it. My uncle is also a huge fan of M. Night Shaymalan, so I hoped he would come with my mom, brother and I. What I wasn’t expecting was my grandmother coming as well. It ended up being a great family afternoon.

And oh my god, James McAvoy was MADE for this role. He was incredible and he kept me hooked through the entire thing. I was a little worried about how he was going to keep all the personalities separate and how we as viewers were going to be able to not only tell them apart my their outfits, but also by their voice as well as other mannerisms, but McAvoy OWNED the role and wow. I’m trying not to say too much because I want to avoid spoilers, but honestly I wasn’t really expecting a lot out of McAvoy’s portrayal, and now I feel like I should have expected more because he was utterly FANTASTIC in the role.

Now, I don’t know why these three girls in particular were cast, but I really wasn’t impressed with any of them. The girl who played Casey was decent (and definitely the best out of the three) but the other two were not memorable at all. Maybe that was the point? I did want a little more of Casey’s backstory and I do wish we could have been shown that, but the little we got definitely gave us an idea of who she was at home and what she went through as a small child.

The idea that mental illness could be seen/used as a gift or power made me slightly uncomfortable, but I was able to mostly overlook it in favor of a really fascinating character  Did I mention McAvoy’s brilliance because holy crap he was SO GOOD in this role.

I will say that my 16 year old brother had a hard time following the story, probably because of the dissociative identity disorder component of it. I’ve promised to watch it with him again and explain it to him when it comes out on DVD. So if you don’t know much about dissociative identity disorder be prepared to be a little confused when you watch it.

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3 responses to “Movie Review: Split

  1. I agree! His acting was so spot on and he really captures the essence of the role fantastically. I wasn’t too impressed with the girls chosen for the film, but I’m okay with that. I don’t think this movie is easy to understand for people who have no interest in DID, but I also think that it’s awesome that this movie is bringing this illness to light. Great review!
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