The low-budget found-footage creepyflick is being hailed as his best since at least The Village. The tl;dr: starts great, becomes a bit contrived, ends preachy.
"A modest undertaking and one with its share of flaws. But it’s not the breathtaking calamity that we’ve come to anticipate from its author," writes Christopher Orr, for The Atlantic.
"Finally, a Shyamalan production that felt fun again, that made me jump out of my seat with surprise instead of shrink into it with boredom," writes Wired's Jordan Crucciola. "I honestly think it’s the best time I’ve ever had at one of your movies."
Stephen Witty says he's "come to his senses"
He made a good movie again. "The Visit" is a deceptively simple story about two adolescents meeting their grandparents for the first time. Mom's a little worried about sending the kids off alone – she's been estranged from her parents since she left home – but she thinks the teens will enjoy it. And they do, for a while.
"…he skillfully taps the kinds of primitive fears that fuel scary campfire stories and horror flicks," writes Manohla Dargis, for the New York Times. "After straining at originality for too long, he has gone back to basics in “The Visit,” with a stripped-down story and scale, a largely unknown (excellent) cast and one of those classically tinged tales of child peril that have reliably spooked audiences for generations.
It’s taken M. Night Shyamalan close to two decades and three films to fully realize his vision of a world full of super-powered heroes and villains, but here we are! Eighteen years after Unbreakable popped and close to two after Split was released, Glass is here. Well, almost. It’ll be hitting theaters on January 19th. […]
Here is some excellent news that I promise is excellent, just wait for the second part: M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Signs, and let’s leave it there) is coming to television, developing a supernatural drama series for Syfy called Proof. And here is that second part that should have many of us very […]
It’s a rude awakening for that rookie vacationer abroad when they try to plug in their gear for the night. Veteran jet-setters know that outlet shapes can vary wildly from country to country, which necessitates that most boring must-have for any world-traveler: A sackful of clunky power adapters. Awkward problem, elegant solution: The Twist Plus […]
Looking for a career in music behind the boards, either as a music producer or DJ? It’s a good bet that you’re going to be working with Ableton Live. Each new iteration of this powerful workstation gives the user more tools to create, and it’s just as well suited for the task of meticulous track […]
The graveyard of failed startups is littered with concepts that just got lost in translation. At its core, that’s what great front-end design is about: Making an app or website usable, translating its best ideas smoothly to the user. It’s a skill so broad there might be no one book or course that covers it […]