I like M. Night Shyamalan, The Sixth Sense was amazing, Signs was thrilling and Unbreakable one of the best superhero stories in disguise. Of course like many of you probably, I was disappointed with The Village, kind of enjoyed The Lady in the Water, laughed at how ridiculous The Happening was and almost cried after watching the mess called The Last Airbender.
Shyamalan disappointed a considerable amount of people through time, but The Visit almost restores my hope in the man. This was the biggest twist of the entire movie, it was actually a good watch. Ditching the big studios, and self-financing the whole thing, Shyamalan delivers a thrilling and creepy little movie.
The Visit tells the story of two young children visiting their grandparents which they have never met, creepy behavior ensues. Most surprisingly the movie is a found footage type of affair, which in my humble opinion has become an unnecessary vehicle for jump scares. It works here, while there is one or two jump scares, the strengths of the movie lie in the storytelling and how the shots are composed. It is noticeable the care that Shyamalan had when directing this movie, it’s refreshing and avoids many of the pitfalls of the found footage genre.
There is an inherent sense of eeriness surrounding the grandparents, and shockingly the movie is purportedly funny. The young actors perform well and deliver some hilarious lines. Making the whole experience funny, creepy and interesting.
The Visit has also a lot of heart, and the ending is touching. Shyamalan delivers an interesting tale, much more focused on storytelling and with a quality that has been sorely missed. While this is not the best movie of all time, it entertains and more importantly it’s a return to form for Shyamalan. You should definitely give it a try.
Shyamalan delivers an interesting tale, much more focused on storytelling and with a quality that has been sorely missed.