M. Night Shyamalan is back, and he is certainly making a roar for the theatres with his latest outing Old which has its first reviews out. The dedicated fans of the director’s work have been waiting for something that could break the barriers. Although there were great expectations from Glass, the directors’ previous outings worked for some and not for some. Now, M. Night Shyamalan and his latest film Old is just days away from their official release, but the first review from the first screenings are out. But, the film has already been screened for some big-name critics, and they have whole-heartedly shared their views, and here we are taking a look at them.
M. Night Shymalan’s Old takes inspiration from the graphic novel Sandcastle by Pierre Oscar Levy and Frederik Peeters. The movie stars an ensemble featuring stars such as Gael García Bernal, Vicky Krieps, Eliza Scanlen, Thomasin McKenzie, Alex Wolff, Abbey Lee, Aaron Pierre, Rufus Sewell, Ken Leung, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Embeth Davidtz, Emun Elliott, and Kathleen Chalfant. The movie is releasing soon, on July 23, 2021, in nearby theatres. So before we see what the critics feel and have in a review about M. Night Shyamalan’s Old from its first screening. Let’s see what’s the gist of the movie.
M. Night Shyamalan’s Old – What Is The Film About?
M. Night Shymalan’s brand new supernatural Old tells the story of a family on vacation. A typical fun one through the mountains that land upon a beautiful beach. Although not crowded, there are other families as well. But as the kids and parents start having fun, things start turning bad when they start discovering other people’s left behind stuff on the beach. Soon the ones whom they belong to, but apparently, they are the dead. They died hours ago, but their bodies are already decomposing, which takes years.
Soon the families start seeing their children grow older, from kids to teenagers. They realize that the beach they are having fun on is no extraordinary beach. The place is causing them to grow older faster than ever. Thus, it might end up aging them in a day and kill them off once and for all. People are getting hurt, having blackouts, and the path to go back home has disappeared. Thus a struggle to escape begins, which may lead them to something bigger that is connected to this place. Now let’s dive into the first reactions and review of the first screening of M.Night Shyamalan’s Old.
M. Night Shyamalan’s Old: What Are The Critics Saying?
First, on the list, we have the critic Germain Lussier from Gizmodo. In his tweet, he has reviewed Old as the best M. Night Shymalan has made since the 2000s Unbreakable. He calls the film a determined thriller that may evoke a surprising emotion on the watch. So we guess we need to get our tissue papers ready as well. But at the end of the day, he quite enjoyed the film, and it was hard for him to finish.
Time to tell you about @MNightShyamalan’s Old.
Old is the best movie Night has made since Unbreakable. It’s an intense, unrelenting thriller made with sadistic glee and surprising emotion. It’s hard to watch & I loved every second of it. Full review & interview later this week. pic.twitter.com/HOV9A1gQwg
— Germain Lussier (@GermainLussier) July 20, 2021
Critics Choice member Fico Cangiano next joins the list who also attended the screening for Old. In his Tweet, Fico went on to thank M. Night Shymalan first for scaring him off the beaches again. According to Fico, the last time he was scared of it was when he watched Jaws. Now all these years into the future, it’s Old that brought the suspense and stress mode back for him. He really enjoyed the story and theme, and idea of the unsettling vacation.
Thanks @MNightShyamalan! I had not been scared of the beach since Jaws, and now #OldTheMovie had me in full suspense & stress mode the whole time. Really enjoyed it’s premise & themes. Be ready to spend an unsettling, bonkers vacation in paradise. Def check it out. @oldthemovie pic.twitter.com/vBXVYtiVqW
— Fico (@FicoCangiano) July 20, 2021
Chris Evangelista, in his tweet, stated that M. Night Shymalan is back in happening mode. Is it good or not? He has left that to the audience. Carol Grant calls the film the most elegantly directed one from the director, and especially his fans are gonna have a day with the ending. Kaitlyn Booth says that M. Night Shymalan’s movies either make it or they break down, and Old is none of them. It’s great on its own.
Oh we can talk about OLD? Ok. It’s M. Night back in full-blown THE HAPPENING mode. Whether or not that’s a good thing will be up to you. pic.twitter.com/ftU50r9hoc
— Chris Evangelista (@cevangelista413) July 20, 2021
Sean O’Connell and Mike Reyes from Cinemablend also talked about the film. Sean O’Connell applauded the camera work along with the bold and aggressive filming techniques of M. Night Shymalan. He has put the visuals above the story and applauded Thomasine McKenzie for her work. Miek Reyes, on the other hand, called it a slow film for the first half but said you might never know when it picks up the pace. There is body horror as well as emotional weightage to the film. That’s all for the first reactions and review for M. Night Shyamalan’s Old.
M. Night Shyamalan gets so creative with OLD. His camera work is exhilarating, with some of the most bold and aggressive filmmaking techniques I’ve seen from him. The visuals are a little stronger than the story, but damn, Thomasin McKenzie continues to amaze. pic.twitter.com/ZhIlzpmFUj
— Sean O'Connell (@Sean_OConnell) July 20, 2021
When #OldMovie gets going, it flies like a bat out of hell. While the film gets off to a slow, clunky start, it eventually becomes a body horror that somehow successfully meshes with emotional family drama. Absolute summer fun from M. Night Shyamalan. pic.twitter.com/vl4XWKSvk4
— Mike Reyes (@MrControversy83) July 20, 2021
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