Split came out in January, so this isn't really a review of the movie. This is more of a reflection. Split is a good movie, a B on the Fresnerd scale. It's not great, it definitely has some flaws here or there. But the fact that it is good...IS GREAT! It's fantastic being able to say that there's a new good M. Night Shyamalan movie...YES!
I'm a big fan of Shyamalan. In my opinion 1999's The Sixth Sense is an A+ movie and I loved all his subsequent movies through to, and including, The Village in 2004. Those movies are all so original and engaging. And of course I always looked forward to Shyamalan's trademark twist at the end. I remember him being described as the next Spielberg. Many of my friends and I believed it.
This is why it was so heart breaking to watch his streak of continuously bad movies: from 2006's Lady in the Water to 2013's After Earth. Had his talent peaked? Had fame and ego gotten the best of him? Did he get lost with big budget projects? Many had lost faith in Shyamalan. Me, I was still holding out for the guy. I had heard his 2015 The Visit was a somewhat return to form. I didn't end up watching it, but I took joy in the lukewarm buzz around it. Enough joy to make me be interested and hopeful in seeing his next film. Would it be good?
Yes, Split is good. Some inconsistencies in flow and plot prevent it from being great, but this is definitely a good film. The idea is original and most of the characters are intriguiing. The overall plot keeps you dreading and anticipating whats to come. The standout strength is James McCoy's performance. Wow! He made each split personality identifiable and interesting. What a feat. And of course...the twist is good too. No spoilers, but for a Shyamalan fan, it was very rewarding...a gift for the long wait for a good movie of his again.
This film has restored my faith in Shyamalan and I'm excited to see what he has in store next. How about you? Did you enjoy Split? Do you think Shyamalan is back?