Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Starring: Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould, Deanna Dunagan, Peter McRobbie, more.
‘The Visit’ Trailer
Oh, M. Night Shyamalan. I will admit, if I see this name on any movie, I am immediately skeptical of if I am going to like it at all. From the director that brought you notable movies like “Signs” and “The Sixth Sense” yet also brought you horrid, atrocious movies like “After Earth” *puke* and the movie adaptation of “The Last Airbender” *curls into a ball onto the floor* (and yes, these are my opinions but you are reading MY movie review blog so deal with it.) comes his latest horror/comedy film “The Visit”. “The Visit” has drawn attention, as most Shyamalan movies do, and has brought quite the crowd into movie theaters around the nation. Shyamalan’s name always has hype attached to the films he releases but does “The Visit” deliver?
The Visit follows two youngsters, Becca and Tyler (Olivia DeJonge and Ed Oxenbould), whom of which are going on a week long trip to visit their grandparents (Deanna Dunagan and Peter McRobbie). This trip is recorded by Becca because she has a personal project she wishes to complete which is to find out the story of why her mother (Kathryn Hahn) left her home when she was younger in spite of her parents and has been plagued by the events of what went down all those years ago. Becca feels if she can interview her grandparents and get them to apologize on camera to their mother, she would finally feel at peace with whatever happened between them long ago. As Becca and Tyler meet their grandparents for the first time, everything seems ordinary. They have a grandma that loves to bake and clean and a grandfather who is a work-hand and tends to his farm, sun rise to sun set, all is good, right? However, as most horror movies go, ordinary never stays that way. Soon, their antics slowly become strange and it causes Tyler and Becca to quickly become concerned and the horror aspect of The Visit quickly begins.
Guys, I was ready to hate this movie and by ALL means, it is nothing extraordinary, BUT, it was not half bad. Yes, you read that right. I still have a sour taste in my mouth from Shyamalan sh**ting on my childhood with “The Last Airbender” and the hour and forty minutes wasted watching “After Earth”, but that is all a rant by request for another time. “The Visit” was comedic at times and mostly due to the out there antics of the grandparents. It was creepy and un-settling but again, not half bad. The classic Shyamalan twist is present in this movie and, in my opinion, not so predictable but to any non-casual movie-goer, you may be able to catch it before it happens. So the bottom-line: You want a creepy horror movie with a dash of comedy? You have your movie within “The Visit”. Will you leave floored and wanting more? No. Will you leave in utter disgust, fighting the box office attendant for a refund? Possibly but not probable. If you are desperate for a time killing movie or a quick date night film, I would give you the go ahead but if you can wait; It will be on Netflix within the next couple months.