This post contains spoilers for the movie. Old.
Here’s the twist: M. Night Shyamalan he did things his way. Old, the new twisted horror storyteller movie, is based on the 2013 graphic novel Sandcastle. Both stories revolve around a group of strangers who find themselves on a cursed beach that quickly ages everyone who steps on it. But that’s where the similarities end, with Shyamalan taking enormous liberties to adapt the Pierre Oscar Lévy other Frederik peeters-novel written for the big screen. From new characters to a malevolent lab subplot and progressive horror tone, here’s a guide to the key differences between graphic novel and film.
Both Sandcastle other Old revolve around a central family. In Old, It is smallGael Garcia Bernal), Prisca (Vicky krieps), and their two young sons, Maddox and Trent (played by different actors as they age). They are a smart and worldly bunch; Guy is an eager and loving actuary and Prisca is an intellectual who works in a museum. Along the way, they are joined on the beach by a rich and histrionic family and a middle-aged couple. In Sandcastle, the main family is made up of a father, a mother, their little daughter and a dog. Shyamalan mixes these details with freedom, aging the child characters and rejecting the secondary characters. (Including, most surprisingly, an elderly science fiction writer character from Sandcastle, which adds a wacky and authoritarian flavor to the graphic novel and would have been adapted to the world of Old.)
The biggest character difference is the invention of the midsize sedan (a jokingly ridiculous name for Dad). In the film, the character (played by Aaron Pierre) is a popular rapper who is already on the beach when the family arrives, with an endless nosebleed and waiting in a bad mood for his date (RIP) to return from her swimming out to sea. He doesn’t have much to do in the movie except say “Dammit, ”And being racially abused by Dr. Charles (Rufus sewell), who eventually breaks and brutally stabs the rapper to death.
However, that character doesn’t come completely out of nowhere. Sandcastle features an older Algerian who, like Mid-Sized, is already on the beach when the families arrive. He also suffers from nosebleeds, for reasons not explained in the book. But, like the medium-sized one, the doctor immediately profiles him racially, hurling accusations at him and punching him in the face. As the story progresses, the doctor’s daughter grows old and falls in love with the Algerian, only to seduce him later. In Old, this dynamic is much more innocent; Maddox is a huge fan of Mid-Sized’s music, and uses one of his quotes to feel brave and boost his confidence later in the movie.
In Sandcastle, the Algerian does not suffer the same dire fate as the medium-sized one. As the story progresses, they all begin to accept his impending death and become friends. As night falls, the Algerian gathers everyone around the fire and tells them a parable about a king who is visited by death. The king begs for more time and, when Death agrees, sets about turning his castle into a fortress, instructing the guards never to let anyone in.
As time passes, the king rejects visits from his wife and children, too fearful that Death will somehow creep in. But all is in vain, because Death appears to him anyway, magically making his way into the king’s room. The parable is about the importance of living in life and the fruitlessness of trying to avoid the inevitable, which is what the characters ultimately do in Sandcastle.
In both the graphic novel and the film, much of the action takes place on a beautiful, secluded beach. Sandcastle it opens with the core family arriving at the beach, ready for a day of rest and relaxation. Old opens in a beautiful resort, with Prisca marveling at having “found” this place online. It’s sunny and beautiful, with waiters greeting parents with cocktails made to their exact taste (for dire reasons that come into play again at the end of the film). The family only goes to the beach because the resort manager encourages them and tells them that it is a secret place that he only shares with a select few guests. (Wink, wink!) The family is taken to the beach by a driver, Shyamalan, in one of his classic cameos, and once there, they unknowingly embark on the worst day of their lives.
The resort and everything that goes with it (including the manager’s adorable nephew) is primarily Shyamalan’s invention that has nothing to do with Sandcastle. However, a resource is hinted at in the graphic novel. There is a random moment when bathers see a figure running towards them in the distance. The figure turns out to be the son of the local hotelier, but is shot dead by mysterious snipers before he can reach them. It’s a shocking interlude with zero resolution, but it seems like the crumb of inspiration Shyamalan used to expand the story.
The end of the twist
Of course there was a twist! In SandcastleThe story begins and ends on the beach, exploring what happens when people realize that they are aging at a rapid rate. In comparison with Old, the source material is less of a horror story and more of a dark, emotional drama in which the characters calmly accept their collective destiny. He’s also randy and poetic, using high-concept narrative to probe human issues; what is the last thing that you Really Do you want to do if you know that you are about to die? The novel responds with physical and emotional pleasures: drinking wine, having sex, telling stories, and tenderly hugging loved ones as you gently fade into that good night.