In a nutshell, Bored & Dangerous says: “There’s something about McCarthy’s script, and the performances that stop The Visitor from ever disappearing up its own ass.”
“He was a good man, a good person. It’s not fair! We are not just helpless children!”
A month or two ago, director and writer Tom McCarthy walked away with a Best Picture Oscar for his movie Spotlight. I loved Spotlight and would have been totally fine with it winning every category it was nominated in. Especially since that would have meant beating the totally over rated The Revenant. I also love his directorial debut, The Station Agent, and have heard good things about his 2011 movie, Win Win. And now that I’ve just watching Tom McCarthy’s The Visitor, I know I need to see everything he’s ever made.
Walter (Richard Jenkins) is lonely and aimless after the death of his wife. He barley keeps busy by teaching one college class a semester in Connecticut, while claiming to be working hard on writing a book. He’s called out for his aimlessness when the college insists he goes to New York to give a presentation based on a paper he co-authored. He reluctantly gives in and heads back the New York apartment he shared with his wife, but hasn’t set foot in for years. It’s been so long, a shonky conman has claimed to be the landlord and rented it out to illegal immigrants, Syrian Tarek (Haaz Sleiman) and his African girlfriend, Zainab (Danai Gurira). (more…)