Another late review but I wasn’t exactly in the biggest hurry to see M. Night Shyamalan’s latest based on his recent track record. So is it a return to form and as good as The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, and Signs? Or is it another disaster like The Happening?
The Visit is about two teenagers who go spend a week with their grandparents who they had never previously met. Soon after arriving, they start to notice weird things that their grandparents do, particularly at night. Soon both the kids and grandparents run out of excuses for the weird behavior and things continuously get worse as the week progresses.
So back to the original question; Is it as bad The Happening? Well no, not much is. But it isn’t great. There are, however, flashes of a good movie somewhere in here. This is particularly evident in the last 30 minutes of the movie. There are some good payoffs in the third act. It is full of tension and you can see how good of a director Shyamalan can be. The acting in the movie, especially by the kids, is also pretty good. The story takes some interesting twists and turns at the end in true Shyamalan fashion (although I called the twist 20 minutes into the movie which might be a bad thing).
Despite the third act actually being pretty good, the rest of the movie isn’t. First of all, can this found footage genre please just die off. Yes, it has been done well at times (ie. The Blair Witch Project, Cloverfield, the first Paranormal Activity). But most of the time it isn’t done well and is flat out distracting. And that’s the case here. There is no reason this needed to be found footage other than just a weak character development moment involving the daughter wanting to find forgiveness for her mother from the grandparents for past actions. Other than the found footage elements, the first 2/3 of the movie is really boring. Weird things happen but none of them are that scary or even that interesting. I didn’t really care about what was happening and wasn’t invested in the movie. Also, the humor is not good at all. Many of the jokes fell very flat.
All in all, I didn’t enjoy this movie that much. The last 30 minutes are pretty good and very entertaining, but the rest is not. I’ve seen greatness from M. Night Shyamalan but am losing hope in him directing another great movie like the three mentioned earlier. I was hoping The Visit would be a move in that direction but it isn’t and gets a 2.5/5 from me (Comparison score: The Sixth Sense- 4.5/5).
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