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The Visit (2015)

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The Visit (2015)

Two children are sent to their grandparents house to spend a week with their grandparents while their single mom goes on a relaxing vacation with her boyfriend. One of the kids, Becca, decides to film a documentary about her grandparents in order to help her mom reconnect with her parents and also find out some things about her parents as well. While filming the documentary, however, Becca and her little brother, Tyler, discover a dark secret about their grandparents.

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    I was pleasantly surprised by this one, especially since the last few Shyamalan films I watched were complete turd burgers (Lady in the Water and another one that was so terrible I’ve mostly repressed the memories—it had Mark Wahlberg and evil trees?). I think Shyamalan may have found his calling—we expect found footage movies to come off as amateurish, so he can better mask his inadequacies as a big budget filmmaker by taking this approach.

    While I enjoyed the characters and acting, especially on the part of the two kids, I do have a couple problems with The Visit:

    1. The cinematography feels too commercial much of the time (feels so weird saying this about a Shyamalan film). It came off as more of a Hollywood production than authentic found footage.

    2. (SPOILER WARNING) ********** The film’s use and portrayal of mental illness is pretty insensitive. It promotes the notion that people who are mentally ill are dangerous and should be feared and avoided, which is harmful to people who actually suffer from mental illness. I have relatives who do, so maybe this kind of thing upsets me more than most people, but I thought it worth mentioning. ********** (END SPOILER)

    All that being said, the stinger/rap during the end credits was so good. The kids in this movie were great.

    • Thanks for the feedback! I agree with your first point about the Hollywood feel of the cinematography. It’s a bit too “professional” looking for a home video and I believe this is mentioned in my written review. Playing devil’s advocate, in order for a found footage film to appeal to a broad theatrical audience and demographic, I suppose concessions in realism must be made. Paranormal Activity avoids this trap by relying primarily on fixed surveillance cameras, which takes a lot of the “Hollywoodism” out of it.

      Thank you for raising your second point. Many horror films include subject matter that is sensitive to specific demographics. Sometimes this works in a positive way, and other times not so much. Trying to spin this in the best possible light, The Visit does try to present mental illness more as dark humor or a parody rather than gritty horror, which hopefully diffuses some of what you’re feeling.

      And yes, the kids make this film. 🙂

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