To celebrate being an ex-smoker, I spent next month’s tobacco money on some movies. (Got that, Demon Nicotine? Now you’re slain, ousted and broke!)
First up: SPLIT. This is a copy of a post to Drew Edwards over on FB.
MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS and/or GLUTEN
Okay, this may be one of the best scripts ever. I got to work with a couple of quite real multiples (the term at the time) and am familiar with alters and personalities and whatever they choose to call themselves. (They usually just call themselves by name and let their personalities speak for the,) Speaking to a core personality is a rare thing. Even moreso is an emergent personality. One of the team docs, Bruce, was having a session and dang if our composite person did not “give birth”. “Split” managed to both be accurate in the depiction of multiple personality disorder (MPD) or the newer (more accurate) term of Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). These diagnoses are absolutely real, so any aspersions come from someone/somewhere with an agenda other than promoting the understanding of people. (I also was invited to participate for a while in a group on the net of multiples. I was astounded and humbled by what all these folks deal with. I left when my primary contact did, as i did not want to intrude.) One other factor, no matter the age, gender or personality of a multiple or alter, the single uniting factor was a gleaming intelligence. The acting is just tremendous. The last few minutes, linking mythology, was to me the weakest bit (very ordinary). But I’m giving Night Shamaylan about fifty thumbs up for insight, understanding pathology (if it is pathology, the core of the conflict), telling the tale, directing in such a clever manner even we few with real-life experience are left walking the ol’ therapeutic tightrope at times while watching. (Hey, it’s Night, and we know his Hitchcock love, and yeah, it just could be the first girl is the multiple - until we see more of the story).
Incredible. I am so danged happy I bought this. I fear much may be misinterpreted, but I’m here to help. Definite links to “Unbreakable” and the upcoming “Glass”… Great stuff in “Unbreakable” (and the great Alex Ross designs) but the pacing was like to kill me. Get ON with it. So Night did get on with it in Split, moving along at the pace needed. What he’s going to do with “Glass” I do believe I shall also find amazing. Now Sam Jackson is starting his PR tour, and I do love Sam. Will be paying attention to what he (and Mssrs. McAvoy and Willis) have to say.
I think I liked it.