Indian director M. Night Shyamalan surprised Hollywood when in 1999 he released The Sixth Sense – 85%, a psychological thriller starring Bruce Willis and Haley Joel Osment about a boy who could see ghosts. A year later, the filmmaker released El Protegido – 68%, a very original superhero story that won him some fans. Unfortunately, after those two films his career has had many ups and downs, some such low points caused critics who previously praised him to turn their backs on him. With his new movie, Old, it seems like we have the best Shyamalan back.
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The last of his films to receive critical approval was Fragmented –
75%, spin-off of The Protected, which preceded Glass – 45%, the end of the superhero trilogy that began in 2000, but the latter was not well received by critics and seemed to once again show that the director has a fickle quality. Now that we have the reactions in social networks of Old, we can notice that critics refer to this in very glowing terms, as one of his best works, and one even says that it is the best since The Protected.
Old is a thriller inspired by the graphic novel Sandcastle, by Pierre Oscar Levy Y Frederik peeters, and features an all-star cast including Gael García Bernal, Eliza Scanlen, Thomasin McKenzie, Aaron Pierre, Alex Wolff, Vicky Krieps, Abbey Lee, Embeth Davidtz, and Rufus Sewell. The story revolves around a family who goes on vacation to a mysterious beach that makes people age rapidly.
The premiere of Old It’s slated for July 22 in theaters, and it seems like the wait was worth it. Critics say it’s chilling and that many will be scared of the beach again, and excited about Shyamalan’s future as an author. Here are some of the most prominent reactions that appeared on social networks:
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M. Night Shyamalan gets very creative with OLD. His camera work is exhilarating, with some of the boldest and most aggressive cinematographic techniques I have ever seen. The images are a little stronger than the story, but damn, Thomasin McKenzie continues to amaze.
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
Thank you M. Night Shyamalan! I hadn’t been afraid of the beach since Jaws, and now #OldTheMovie had me in suspense and stress mode all the time. I really enjoyed its premise and themes. Get ready for a crazy and haunting vacation in paradise. Definitely watch it.
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
When #OldMovie goes live, it flies off like a bat out of hell. While the movie gets off to a slow and awkward start, it eventually turns into a body horror that somehow fits in successfully with the emotional family drama. Absolute summer fun from M. Night Shyamalan.
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
Time to tell you about Old by M. Night Shyamalan. Old is the best movie Night has made since Protected. It’s an intense, relentless thriller made with sadistic glee and surprising emotion. It’s hard to see and I loved every second of it. Full review and interview later this week.
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
Old is Shyamalan’s most elegantly directed film since Signs. Also fucking creepy. And boy, my colleagues who consider Shyamalan an author filmmaker are going to have a FIELD DAY with that ending.
Old is Shyamalan’s most elegantly directed movie since Signs. Also fucking horrifying. And boy, my fellow Shyamalan auteurists are gonna have a FIELD DAY with that ending.
– Carol Grant (@carolaverygrant) July 20, 2021
So #OldMovie is definitely a movie out there. I saw it quite a long time ago and I’m still not sure how I feel about it. M.Night usually swings towards the fences, and usually does very well or breathes so hard that he breaks his own nose. #Old is neither; okay, which is a shame.
So #OldMovie is certainly a movie that exists. I saw it quite a while ago, and I’m still unsure how I feel about it. M.Night usually swings for the fences, and he usually either nails it or whiffs so hard he breaks his own nose. #Old is neither; it’s just fine, which is a shame. pic.twitter.com/PClPyymOcB
– Kａ i ｔ ly n Βоｏｔｈ🎆🏖🎇☀️ (@katiesmovies) July 20, 2021
I just got back from an advanced screening of #OLD by M. Night Shyamalan, and it was good … surprisingly good. #OldTheMovie reminds me why I’m always a fan of Night. Have you done trash? Yes. But do you dare to try something new? Yes.
Just came back from an advanced screening of M. Night Shyamalan’s #OLD, and it was good … Like, surprisingly good. #OldTheMovie reminds me why I’m forever a Night fan. Has he made stinkers? And it is. But, does he dare to try something new? And it is.
– Joshua Mathew (@jxmathe) July 20, 2021
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