Short Movie Review
The visit is directed by M. Night Shyamalan. In this film, we have two young kids a brother and his sister. She’s an aspiring filmmaker, she wants to be a documentarian and she is documenting her trip to meet their grandparents for the very first time and they’re not exactly how they expected them to be. In fact, they’re pretty creepy. And we get this story through found-footage format and instantly, you’re probably thinking this is gonna be awful.
This movie is actually a comedy in disguise. Shyamalan encourages us I this movie to actually get in on the joke and he has some truly good humor working through this movie largely through the brother character. This kid is fantastic. He’s an aspiring rapper and he wants to get famous on YouTube and he will often in the middle of the random conversations start busting a rhyme when he probably shouldn’t be doing that and it actually makes for some really good humor. That’s one of the amazing things about the visit. This is not a terrifying scary horror film, this is a movie in which we have two young kids who are sort of on a little adventure. They’re discovering something creepy and they grab cameras and they want to film it instantly.
This is a film that you can watch as a found footage scary movie and you can accept it as that. But similar to all of M. Night Shyamalan films, even the ones that aren’t good, they all have subtext underneath, they all have something else about them that makes them different than your average movie. And this one in particular is in away parroting Shyamalan film-making styles, he’s parroting his self seriousness, and a lot of that comedy really works. The performances in the movie are excellent as well. The kids were fantastic, the mother was very good, and the grandparents were really good especially the grandmother.
This movie is particularly not a scary movie. It’s more on like fun comical adventure with some thrills included and these two kids are going on this adventure together and you really feel that.