Last night I had the evening to myself, it was dark, storming, and simply perfect for a horror film. So I popped The Visit into the DVD player, grabbed a super fuzzy blanket, and pulled the lever on the recliner.
When I saw the trailer for this film nearly a year ago, I was all like: "Oh hey! This looks interesting".
After finally seeing it I was all like: "What - what? Was there two different versions of this film? Why am I remembering a completely different story?"
Could be because there were three different cuts of this film: a comedy, a horror, and an in-between. This was apparently the in-between. There were some funny parts, and there certainly were jump scares, but in all I really didn't understand this movie.
Great acting and great atmosphere created a nice breeding ground for the cringe binge, but I'm really sad to say that I couldn't get behind the story line. I got confused, and the ending didn't wrap things up much for me either. I understood everything that was happening, just not always why - and that simply frustrated me more.
Ironically, the story revolves around the dementia symptom of "sundowning". Signs include understanding everything that's happening, just not always why - and that simply frustrates the sufferer more. No, really, dementia is heart-breaking and I'm not making fun of it. You can learn more about sundowning here. It's a very real, scary, sad thing.
This is a decent movie, I simply didn't like it. Simply put: it frustrated me. I also don't think found footage was the right format, and yet I see why it was used.
You know, actually, I was so frustrated by the end that I watched every single bonus the DVD provided. Deleted scenes, interviews, photos - all of it. I wanted to better understand what I had just seen and hopefully find some clarification as to why I have a completely different memory of this film. Not much was clarified but I did learn to appreciate all that went into making this picture. Still frustrated, less angry.
I would recommend seeing this film at least once because it is a decent film. It really, seriously, is a decent film. It has received a lot of positive attention and I see why - I just didn't like it as much as I wanted to.
Pairs with a classic family recipe, a box of cookies that fell in a snow bank, and fancy little cocktails. If you have some Yankee candles laying around then light 'em up! I would suggest watching this one with at least one other person.
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