So this weekend we had the release of The Visit a sort of mock-umentary about two kids first visit to their grandparents house and all the disturbing occurrences that take place while they’re there.
Becca played by Olivia Dejonge (The Sisterhood of Night) is our leading lady holding the camera, she want’s to make a documentary of her and her younger brother Tyler’s; Ed Oxenbould (Paper Planes, Alexander and the Horrible Terrible No Good Very Bad Day) first visit to their grandparents house. Why you ask? That’s a good question. Their mother played by Kathryn Hahn (Bad Words, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Our Idiot Brother) got caught up in a town scandal which resulted in a bad falling out with her parents years ago. She left home and hasn’t spoken with her parent’s since so Becca want’s to use this documentary to help mend the bridges that were burned and help her poor mother get closure.
So it’s off to Grandmother’s house we go with both Becca and Tyler sporting their own camera’s to catch every second of heartwarming moments of their first visit to their grandparents. Too bad it doesn’t turn out that way. Although Pop-pop; Peter McRobbie (Shaft, Messengers, Dark Horse) and Nana; Deanna Dunagan (Losing Isaiah, Dimension, The Cherokee Word for Water) first come off as pleasant and adorably charming things take a quick wrong turn with the rule ‘Don’t leave your room after 9:30.’ Apparently Nana loses her marbles when the sun goes down, although it’s not just a slight case of dementia because there’s also Pop-pop’s paranoia with thinking he’s being followed, Nana’s sudden and dangerous mood swings, the warning’s to stay clear of certain parts of the property, their strange talk of needing to please the little aliens or being chased by yellow eyed creatures, and a lot of other crazy stuff! To say Pop-pop and Nana are neglecting their medication is an understatement! As the week-long visit progresses, it becomes abundantly clear to both Becca and Tyler that they need to get out of the house before their visit becomes a permanent one.
So did you get that ‘Ehh, I don’t know’ feeling when you saw that this was written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan (Signs, The Sixth Sense, Devil)? Going to a Shyamalan movie is like an intense game of heads or tails. It’s either going to be a winner or a loser…however with The Visit…I don’t know, I kind of have a love hate relationship with it. Olivia and Tyler did a great job of portraying a likable brother and sister duo. The story of closure flowed constantly throughout the movie, from Becca and Tyler’s dad walking out on them and the reason to get their mom back on talking terms with her parents. It does drag at parts. Like drag, drag, drag, something creepy, drag, drag drag, something creepy again and so on and so forth but you do find yourself invested in the main characters. So they do keep your attention till the very end. However, you may want to prepare yourself with the Horror/Comedy genre which did surprise me, I was not expecting that. Yes there were some funny scenes mainly Tyler using his sister’s documentary footage to create amateur rap videos. Yet despite the funny bits this was very much a Shyamalan movie, especially with an ending like that! Guess what? There’s a twist!
Rated PG-13 for disturbing thematic material including terror, violence and some nudity, and for brief language.
Rotten Tomatoes has this strange thriller at a 62% fresh! So there you go!
Besides a slightly over the top sappy ending it wasn’t that bad. It’s not exactly what I was expecting but I’m not that disappointed with the results. So maybe this is a win? Yeah, not a must see, but I would recommend it. Looks like this game ended with heads. Welcome back Shyamalan!