The Visit – Movie Review

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Official Synopsis: A single mother finds that things in her family’s life go very wrong after her two young children visit their grandparents.

Review Summary: The Visit sees M. Night Shyamalan back in form, which is something I’ve wanted to see happen for quite some time. His film is considerably funnier that I was expecting, and often is actually a parody of himself. Shyamalan wisely pokes fun at his self-seriousness, and creates a tiny little movie of surprising dramatic heft. While the found-footage gimmick doesn’t always work, I was pleasantly surprised that the film featured none of the cheats other films employing that style often use. Everything you see in The Visit is supposed to be the documentary our main character creates. There are no glaring musical jump-scare cues, or obvious additions added in post. The Visit is Shyamalan’s first competent film in almost ten years, featuring terrifically funny work from Ed Oxenbould, and a smart script that plays more like a comical adventure than a horror film.

Grade: B

Starring: Kathryn Hahn, Deanna Dunagan, Peter McRobbie, Ed Oxenbould, Olivia DeJonge

Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for disturbing thematic material including terror, violence and some nudity, and for brief language

Run Time: 94 min

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