What it is

“Old” is a movie written and directed by [M. Night Shyamalan]. It was released in July of 2021, and is one of the trending “[thriller]/[horror]” movies right now (though I don’t really consider it either of those things, it just needs a parent). As of November 29th, 2021, it is the 59th most popular movie on [IMDB]. It runs for 1 hour and 48 minutes. The premise of the movie is that a family goes on vacation, and the beach that they’re on causes them to age very rapidly; the movie is essentially an exploration of the psychological “horror” that they experience from aging rapidly.

My thoughts

This was the review I posted on IMDB:

Well done, but slow to the point of being pretentious. Spoiler-free review.

If you zero in on every element in the movie, each element is very well executed. The [cinematography] is well-done, as is the [acting]. The plot has substance, the premise is unique. When you put them all together, however, there’s simply not good synergy. The entire time I was watching the movie, I couldn’t help but feel that something was off – and not in a deliberate tense/eerie way, but simply the composition of the movie was off a little.

The cinematography was beautiful and there were some really good shots; it wasn’t that generic pseudo-artistic pretentious background blurs and random shots of the landscape. It was decent.

The characters’ personalities were pretty well done and well-rounded considering there’s ten (unless I am forgetting someone) main characters all introduced at roughly the same time. They didn’t feel two-dimensional or generic.

The plot and premise is unique. Not original, but unique, and well-executed. It’s not chalked with endless [cliche|clichés] and needless [tropes]. It is interesting. Not gripping or captivating, just interesting. The entire movie, however, feels just like a concatenation of events; this happened, then this happened, then this happened, with no real “[arc]” or “[plot structure]” to the story. It simply chronicles the physical and psychological stress the characters go through as they age. For an hour and a half, you watch simply a concatenation of events. The characters go through various traumas and issues as they age rapidly, constantly shifting the social dynamic.

I won’t say any more so as to avoid spoilers; it’s a good movie if you go into it without expecting there to be an “arc” or “structure”; it’s a well done chronology of events and an intriguing exploration of the premise, but it simply not a good story in the sense that it does not “grip” you, it does not leave you on the edge of your seat. I give this movie a 6 out of 10. I want to give this movie a higher rating, I really do; it’s well done and the acting is really good, but I can’t.

Old on IMDB

Official trailer

Old on Letterboxd

Old on Rotten Tomatoes

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