Movie Review: Split

Movie Review: Split

By Akash Ranjan

James McAvoy is one of those fine actors who made a career out of being the best one in a whole bunch of average movies. He is not only a talented actor but he is one of those who can play anything and anyone. He has played roles in many of the movies such as Mr Tumnus the fawn in Narnia movies and Forest Whitaker’s Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland. He played a face of Atonement, drama and voice for animation in Gnomeo & Juliet. So, coming to his acting resume you will find a keyword which says Range.

Split is the latest bit of intrigue from M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense). He is in the lead role playing 24 different personalities. Well, it is unquestionably the movie of McAvoy. He steals every scene from a cheeky little boy with a lisp to a self-composed matron in dowdy roll-necked jumper. The flair that actor does of jumping from one skin to another is so magnetic and smooth. Well, if you did not see the trailer that it ruins some of the fun surprises. It is totally a portrayal of a man who is a disturbed and kidnaps three teenage girls for the mysterious reason. This is the main and suspicious reason that makes you see the movie. The audience is taken to the some pretty clever narrative places initially with the help of Shyamalan’s trademark imagination. It shows the fascinating hypothesis which shows how does the ability of the mind change the body.

The seminal psychological thrillers are smartly evoked by the cinematography and production designs such as The Silence of The Limbs and 10 Cloverfield Lane. The role of the teenage victims are mostly perform their stock roles without fanfare but the special mention goes to Anya Taylor Joy who achieved rave reviews for the central role that she played in 2015 indie hit The Witch. The plot starts losing its grip after an enthralling first act and the movie itself morphs into something other than it first promised. But at the end it delivers the hell of a kicker.