James McAvoy’s impeccable performance in Split

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James McAvoy in Split (Universal Pictuers)

Natasha Molina, Staff Writer

M. Night Shyamalan’s returns to the big screen with his latest film Split.

Like his other films which are not shy to surprising cliff hanging twists, Split was not about to be an exception to this rule.

Overall, this film’s unpredictability and refreshing story-line makes for an entertaining watch.

With James McAvoy as the film’s main protagonist, well antagonist, we get to see many different facets of his performance – literally.

McAvoy plays a character that suffers from dissociative identity disorder, who nonetheless has 24 different personalities.

Dennis, the first of many personalities that is encountered throughout this film abducts three teenage girls from a mall, drugs them and then takes them to his dungeon like home.

It may sound like an “oh no not another kidnapping type movie,” but when the girls wake up they are trapped in a small quaint room with a functioning bathroom and beds.

Terrified and confused the girls are greeted by Patricia a strict proper english woman who is nonetheless another personality McAvoy portrays.

One of the most interesting characters McAvoy plays is a nine year old boy named Hedwig whom befriends one of the three girls Casey (Anya Taylor-Joy).

Casey sees Hedwig as an opportunity to escape, but will soon realize that Hedwig knows a secret that could change everything.

McAvoy’s performance is quiet impeccable with eloquent transitions from personality to personality, perhaps being one of his best roles yet.

His versatility and dedication to portraying such different characters to the best of his abilities really shows. This will leave many at the edge of their seats wondering what will happen next.

With Joy’s character having a turbulent past and well now present, her performance also does not fall short one bit.

Her character’s courage, intelligence and all around kickass survival instincts will make for an audience favorite.

If you are a M. Night Shyamalan fan you will most definitely appreciate the twists and surprising ending.