Earlier this week I caught a screening of M. Night Shyamalan’s newest movie, Split, and couldn’t wait to see how this movie I’ve been excited to see for months, would turn out. I like to keep my movie reviews spoiler-free, so don’t worry about having any twists and turns spoiled. You’re safe here!
If you haven’t seen the movie trailer, here’s the quick 4-1-1 on the plot. James McAvoy plays Kevin (and Dennis, Patricia, Hedwig, and a whole slew of other personalities living in Kevin’s body), who suffers from dissociative identity disorder (DID)/multiple personality disorder who kidnaps three teenage girls. While Kevin struggles to keep his 23 identities in check, a 24th is getting ready to break free – and it’s the worst of them all.
The film is positioned as a keep-you-on-the-edge-of-your-seat thriller scary movie, but actually, there wasn’t much of that at all. In fact, the theater (myself included) was laughing for a good portion of the nearly two hour movie. Of course there were a few suspenseful moments, but it wasn’t super creepy like M. Night’s The Sixth Sense or newer, The Visit. But there are definitely a few cringe-worthy scenes, so prepare yourself for those!
Overall, I thought Split was a pretty good film. And James McAvoy KILLED it playing all of the different identities! It took some time for me to process it all afterwards though, because there was A LOT of deep material in there. In particular, the tough character backstories, and just diving into the life of someone suffering from this incredibly complex mental disorder. Not to get off on a complete side tangent, but DID was always the most fascinating part of psychology class for me, so I felt like if they kept running with that storyline I would’ve been totally fine with it!
As with all M. Night Shyamalan films, there’s a little bit of a twist at the end. But nothing beat the last few seconds of Split for me (epic moment, you guys)! Obviously no spoiling here, but I will say, if you’ve seen M. Night’s earlier films, you’ll appreciate it!
Also, if you’re an M. Night Shyamalan fan, he just recently announced he’s going to do one more film before retiring. No word yet on what it’ll be, but you know it’s got to be one he’ll go out with a bang with!
Split opens in theaters nationwide tomorrow! Are you planning to see it in theaters this weekend? What’s your favorite M. Night Shyamalan movie?