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Breaking Down M. Night Shyamalan’s Split (2016)

Warning: Spoilers Ahead

Time to break down M. Night Shyamalan’s, Split. 

The Shyamagold:
• The concept.
• James McAvoy.
• James McAvoy.
• James McAvoy.
• Anya Taylor Joy’s character and her arc. Makes me recall what made Shyamalan so special when he used to write such adversarial characters.
• Anytime Hedwig is on screen, etc.
“I think you might be pregnant now.”
• The finale.
1:43:42 – 1:45:22 This sequence is an example of “masterpiece” leveled craftsmanship, seriously.
The pure are the weak and the broken are the superior themes.
• The twist/final scene.

The Shyamabull:
• About 25% of the dialogue.
• Anytime we cut back to the psychiatrist. There must’ve been a significantly more productive method to explaining Kevin’s situation through heavy, inflated exposition. C’mon.
• The two other girl characters. Couldn’t care less about either one of them. I can’t even recollect their names.
• Not necessarily M. Night Shyamalan’s cameo, but the scene he’s in must’ve been written by some ghost writer on crack.

The Kajillion Shyamalanian Twists:
• Casey is actually someone who has already endured tremendous trauma through her pedophile, rapist of an uncle. That’s…heavy.
• James McAvoy can turn into a beast (AKA “The Beast”).
• THIS MOVIE IS SECRETLY A SPIN-OFF OF THE CRITICALLY UNDERRATED MOVIE
UNBREAKABLE! WOWZERS! NOW THATS WHAT I CALL AN UNEXPECTED TWIST THAT MAKES ME REMEMBER THAT SHYAMALAN CAN SOMETIMES BE AN ABSOLUTE GENIUS! 

The Visit may have been Shyamalan’s “return”, but Split was Shyamalan’s “confirmation” of his “return” to his imposing form. Split may not be as efficacious on a second viewing but, it fortunately remains as a crisp and quirky take on the thriller genre that’s ultimately carried by McAvoy’s unusually monumental performance. Crossing my fingers, Glass, impresses me. Verdict Change: (B —> B-)

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“Split” is now available to rent and buy on YouTube, Google Play, Vudu, Amazon Prime, and iTunes.

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