The Movie Split
I can’t say enough about the film and cast without raving about the performance by James Mcavoy. Taking on 8 of the characters in Split, and at times bouncing from one persona to the next on a whim, with different accents and distinct personalities, he is phenomenal. He alone is worth seeing the movie. This interview from The Today Show with Matt Lauer gives you a good look at his performance and what it took for him to become these characters.
As mentioned in the interview, this movie is a bit disturbing with the content of the kidnapping of the teens, but it’s not as scary as it is thrilling and unsettling. There are even some comedic moments that break up the tension of the storyline.
One of those characters is Hedwig, a 9-year-old boy that one of the captured teens Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy), tries to befriend to escape. This may be the one that breaks the tension the most with his perfect childlike behavior, as you try to mentally wrap your brain around this complex disorder.
As Barry, (Mcavoy) meets with Dr. Fletcher (Betty Buckley), fighting with his inner selves looking for help. Dr. Fletcher is an advocate for people with dissociative identity disorder, researching the way one person with multiple personalities can take on different physical characteristics in the same body.
If you aren’t one for a good thriller, this won’t be for you. But if you want a movie that will unsettle your soul a bit, make you think when it’s over, and see an actor blow you away – see Split.