I think that my experience with this film is an example of how a bad theater experience can wreck a movie for you. I had one of the worst theatrical experiences of my life, sitting in front of an annoying group of people talking through the whole film. Keep that in mind, knowing that may have affected my enjoyment. I had high expectations for this film because of promising trailers, however, Shyamalan has been on a downward trend after "The Village", only redeeming himself with "The Visit". I thought that this film was better than it could have been, but not as good as it should have been.
Because of a prior experience with a Shyamalan spoiler, I will try to keep this review as spoiler-free as possible. All that I will say about the twist is that it is disappointing. I liked the character development in the film, and I thought that the film's pace was really good and thrilling. There are a few things that don't exactly work in the writing. For example, some of the dialogue from the teenage characters sounds artificial. There is also a flashback storyline that makes sense, but isn't incorporated in the most logical way.
James McAvoy's performance is by far the best part of this film. He nails it. He is able to show an insane range with very subtle changes in costuming. He shows the change in characters with only his facial expressions and other mannerisms, and that is extremely impressive. Anya Taylor-Joy is also very good in her role as the protagonist. Hayley Lu Richardson and Jessica Sula aren't very good, though. I also really liked the cinematography and score of the film, which are really good at building the atmosphere of the film.
So, "Split" is a lot better than many of the travesties made by Shyamalan. Still, I wish it had been more. McAvoy's performance really saves the whole film for me.
Big Tuna's Rating: B-
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: No.
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