Episode 208: Split

26 Oct

In this episode, Tyler and Robert discuss M. Night Shyamalan’s Split and Michael Mann’s Manhunter.

2 Responses to “Episode 208: Split”

  1. FictionIsntReal October 27, 2017 at 7:37 pm #

    James McAvoy’s character has by far the clearest arc in the movie: he has an insane theory about a “beast” personality that will be brought about by consuming his others (and the kidnapped girls), and in the end he actually succeeds. Anya Taylor Joy gets far less to do, mostly just reacting to him. She picks up a shotgun at the end and tries to shoot him, but it’s his decision to let her go because of who (or what) she is rather than anything she does.

    I like the bit where Will discusses the limits to his sympathy for the killer, and I find it interesting that Mann himself likes to talk about that scene in explaining Dolarhyde, but he removed the scene after the theatrical release.

    One of the (many, many) things I disliked about the third season of Hannibal was that Richard Armitage’s version of Dolarhyde seemed more obviously creepy than Noonan’s in terms of dialogue. Noonan mostly just looks creepy, which Reba can’t see. But when Armitage asks Reba to ride with him, saying (in a creepy voice) “It would be my pleasure”, your brain shouts “Run away”.

    Tyler is right that Dolarhyde imagines the kiss. We see the scene return to “reality” with their boss just removing the thing he found and Reba is less than appreciative of this & just hoping for him to leave sooner.

    The more sympathetic nature of Dolarhyde vs Gumb* is one of the reasons I personally prefer Manhunter to Silence of the Lambs, even if the latter might be a “better” movie in some sense (it doesn’t end on a terribly cheesy song, for one).
    *We don’t really get to see much of “Gumb” vs “Buffalo Bill”, while we get a sizable amount of “Dolarhyde” vs “Tooth Fairy”/”Red Dragon”.

    • Robert Hornak October 30, 2017 at 3:47 am #

      Thanks for this analysis. I’m with you on preferring Manhunter to SOTL. I didn’t say it during the conversation, but SOTL is on the boring side for me – I can definitely see its many merits, but it generally makes my mind wander away from it. Never could put my finger on why. As for the sympathetic quality of Dolarhyde, as performed by Noonan, Tyler thoroughly convinced me of it as we spoke. I was giving the character a bit of short shrift thanks to Noonan’s naturally creepy look, but there’s definitely a lot more there than mere unsettling gangliness. And in my defense re the dream/reality of the front door kiss, I’m certain I was watching my own words as I typed up my movie notes when that obvious switch occurred. I can only ask for forgiveness.

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