I loved The Sixth Sense and the three films Shyamalan wrote and directed after (yes, even Signs and The Village haters,) so even though he's made some truly terrible films since those hits, I'm always rooting for him to make a comeback. I went into The Visit desperately hoping that this might be it, but also trying to keep my expectations low. This didn't end up being too hard a feat when once the movie began, those expectations immediately plummeted. For the first 40 minutes or so, I was pretty sure this movie was terrible. It takes a loooong time for this movie to click into place, and unfortunately for some viewers, they might have already made up their mind about it by the time it does. There's no way around it...the beginning is kind of clunky, as you're not really sure whether or not you're gonna be able to stand the two protagonists for the course of the film or if you can buy the premise. I had my arms firmly crossed and was rolling my eyes left and right. It looked like we had another dud on our hands.
The shock factor (in both horror and comedy elements,) isn't the only thing I found to be enjoyable though. The further you go along, the more you do start to warm up to the characters and see the type of scenes that endeared you to Shyamalan in the first place. He earns some really nice character moments that in other films by other directors can often come out cheap. The Visit is no home run, and I certainly wouldn't declare it "Shyamalan's comeback," but rather, it serves as a reminder that this man was once a great talent and he might still have a few tricks up his sleeve just yet. EMILY RATING: 7/10.
Edit: And if that's not enough of my opinion on The Visit, check out my thoughts on the following two podcasts, my usual War Machine vs. War Horse and my long awaited guest stint on my buddy Kent's podcast Baconsale.