Old Review

Rating: 3 out of 5.

M. Night Shyamalan has been in such weird form in recent years. The Visit was really good and a return to the form and why you enjoy watching Shyamalan films, Split continued that trend as well as having an incredible performance by James McAvoy, before the universe was ruined in Glass, and all that good work Shyamalan had done to redeem himself was gone. And now two years later, we are onto his next film, Old.

Old follows a family on a holiday when they are shown to a private beach. Sounds too good to be true? Because it is, when they arrive there they suddenly begin to notice that time isn’t moving at the same rate, in fact they are all aging rapidly over minutes.

The first place I’m gonna start with this one is how awfully it’s written. M. Night adapts a graphic novel by Pierre-Oscar Levy and Frederick Peeters called Sandcastle. Something Shyamalan obviously read and thought “oh this is cool, I want to make this” and it’s just not that simple. It’s a really interesting premise but with clunky dialogue, but the clunky-ness of the film just doesn’t do enough to be as interesting as we expect from the iconic director. The film often does something, taking a twist in one direction but sits in then hits an awkward moment where they have to move onto the next film where the audience just becomes very aware they are watching a film, something which is always a red flag for a film.

Saying all that, I kind of enjoyed it. It’s not good, but it’s ridiculousness makes it enjoyable enough for me. The acting from the some of the cast like the clearly talented Thomasin McKenzie (who we will see again later this year, with another iconic filmmaker, Edgar Wright, in Last Night in Soho) and Alex Wolff do a solid job as the best of the cast, and it’s always nice to see Ken Leung but everyone else struggles with the clunky dialogue and makes the film feel more like a decent attempt by a first time director not someone who has been in the industry for 20 years. The Visit is the closest comparison I think to the tone this film is trying to go for, where it sometimes works but struggles with having a bigger cast to deal with, to show off different ages being affected by the beach and whatever is behind what’s going on.

Overall, if you’re a big fan of the best Shyamalan has to offer then you won’t enjoy this, it feels like it’s missing more of the horror elements that he can do well, and I think the film would benefit from that. Certainly not his worst film but a long way from his best. His next project, Labor of Love is in early development so we are still a while away from seeing it but it M Night seems to just ignore the haters and make what he wants which is always commendable.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

What did you think of Old?

I’ve still got a review of The Forever Purge coming soon (Either Monday or Tuesday) and a spoiler review of The Suicide Squad (Click here for non spoiler review), all ahead of the upcoming release of Free Guy at the end of this week, so that you don’t miss those follow on Instagram @floodersfilms and like on Facebook.

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