Pssst, want to check out Old in our new look?
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M. Night Shyamalan loves to do feature-length Twilight Zone episodes and that's what Old is, albeit one that's very oddly put together. It certainly tries to grasp at something, whether that's age and illness, what it means to grow up, the callousness of industries that cater to gerontological concerns, or COVID-inspired isolation, but it never truly latches onto anything concrete because it's so obsessed with plot. It feels throughout like dialog is only ever meant to be expository, in a way that never sounds natural - it practically comes with described video - and that's why I'm panning it. At its best, I think the kids (when they ARE kids, but they grow up so fast) have fun moments, and one of its endings almost achieves poignancy with its grace note, but otherwise, it's a mess. You'd think spending most of the shoot on the same beach would make the geography of the place clear, but it doesn't. The international cast isn't all comfortable with the language/accents they've been asked to use. And it does what I ask my improv pupils NOT to do - over-explain everything, introduce themselves along with their plot function, and generally think of the audience as dunderheads who need everything spelled out for them. The lingering questions aren't a matter of ambiguity but of badly reasoned elements.
I don't know what it is with M. Night Shyamalan films. They aren't "bad" they aren't even "so bad it's good". They are more like "so bad it's interesting".
I always see the potential for an interesting idea and I was really invested in the film for the first half-hour, but ultimately it feels flat.
Also, he needs to stick to writing and find someone else to direct, the way this film is acted and shot is very cringe!
Not a good movie. But Mid-Sized Sedan is the best rapper name ever
to see which of your friends have seen this movie!