Directed M. Night Shyamalan, The Visit centers around Becca and younger brother Tyler who board a train and head deep into the Pennsylvania farm country to meet their grandparents for the first time. Their mother has been estranged from her parents for years, but decides to send her children to stay with them for a week after they’ve reached out to her wanting to meet their grandchildren. Welcomed by Nana and Pop Pop at the train station all seems well at first until the siblings start to notice increasingly strange behavior from the seemingly charming couple. Nana scratching at doors naked in the middle of the night, Pop Pop hoarding his dirty diapers in the shed, bipolar type mood changes every two seconds, fun stuff like that.
When I first saw the trailer I thought the big twist would be that The Visit was a modern day Hansel and Gretel. Well, I couldn’t have been more wrong. There are parts of the film that led me into thinking the grandparents were evil cult vampire monsters, or possessed alien type beings. At one point I thought the mother was in on it and set the whole thing up. Apparently I watch too many Lifetime movies and have a really vivid imagination. Turns out the old couple are escaped mental patients who killed the real grandparents basically because they were jealous of their life and wanted it for themselves, I think. All I know is that M. Night managed to keep me entertained, amused, and completely clueless about the twist, which is revealed by the mother seeing the couple on skype and saying “Those aren’t your grandparents!” Say wha?? Didn’t see that coming!
Sorry if my movie reviews are written long after the movies come out at theaters, but after my last movie going experience (over priced tickets and stale candy, loud, rude people that talk or text the whole time, ect. ect.) Now, I usually just wait to watch them on demand.