By MELISSA CHAPMAN
Cataloging Supervisor, Warsaw Community Public Library
WARSAW — My video review this week is on the film “The Visit.” As I read all the negative reviews I thought “Oh no not another M. Night Shyamalan let down!” With Shyamalan it’s been a lot of hits and misses. “Six Sense,” “Unbreakable” and “Signs” are all excellent films. While “Lady in the Water,” “After Earth,” “The Last Airbender,” not so much. “The Visit” not only happens to be a great psychological thriller it’s also Shyamalan’s best film since “Signs.” M. Night made a brilliant comeback with this fun and creepy movie.
Aspiring and inquisitive teen filmmaker Becca (Olivia DeJonge) and her brother Tyler (Ed Oxenbould) convince their mother (Kathryn Hahn) to rekindle her long strained relationship with her parents. As a result, Mom goes away on a cruise and leaves the kids to meet and stay with their grandparents, whom they are meeting for the first time. Upon arrival the grandparents (played by Deanna Dunagan and Peter McRobbie) turn out to be a little off their wagon and things go downhill very quickly as the kids discover that not everything is as it seems and something isn’t quite right with Poppa and Nanna.
Fair warning, it is one of those played out “Found Footage” films; however it works for this film. It works because we only get to see what the kids’ cameras see, so we only get to see what the kids are seeing which means we are watching all the creepiness unfold the same time.
Overall, “The Visit” is ridiculously entertaining and a total crowd pleaser. It’s the film I’ve certainly been waiting for Shyamalan to make to get him out of the slump. No, it’s not as great as his best but it’s a step towards the right direction.
Wait-Did I hear someone whisper “What about that Shyamalan twist that normally shows up in all his movies?” Of course it wouldn’t be a Shyamalan film without a twist. However my lips are sealed except for the fact that I didn’t see it coming and normally I do. Check out “The Visit” and discover it for yourself, or one of his other films like “The Six Sense,” “Unbreakable” or “The Happening.”
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