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User review rating: 5 July 23, 2021

There is so much to say about this movie. One of the top reasons I adored the film is because it explores so many subjects in such a brief period of time. In its 1 hour and 46 minutes, Old brings up the topics of not just the loss of one's childhood and years of one's life, but also those of morality, sacrifice, the gap between childhood and adulthood, and so many more. And where other directors may have taken a more direct, bordering on ham-fisted approach, Shyamalan does it so delicately that at times you barely feel these ideas tugging at your subconscious. I have heard some complain about the "awkwardness" of the dialogue and delivery of some lines. Personally, I believe that this was intentional, and further highlights the severity of the situation. After all, how would you respond as a 6 year old in a 17 year old's body, stuck in this impossible situation, surrounded by stress and fear on all sides? It is the awkwardness that makes it real for me - real people don't give long speeches and have perfectly cognizant conversations, real people break down in impossible situations. The settings for the film were beautiful, and I believe that everyone was cast perfectly for their roles. I became connected to these characters, felt their struggles and hopes, and at times I thought I could almost read their minds. There is so much more I could say about this movie, but I will end by saying the devotion to this film is evident. Even before watching some of the behind the scenes videos, I could sense Shyamalan's investment. This his was not just another film for him, this was deep and personal. I felt like he was a good friend sharing his thoughts on growing old, of his family members slowly slipping away, and of how precious life is and how easily we waste the years we are given. Seeing the behind the scenes videos only made me appreciate this devotion more, from how hard they had to work to make every shot perfect to how they had just enou

User review rating: 5 July 23, 2021

I loved the "yelling at clouds" sequence.

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