posted on Jun, 13 2008 @ 07:03 AM
I happen to like M. Night Shyamalan's style. It's unique, and creates its own mythos. Now granted, some of his movies have been a steaming crapfest,
like Lady in the Water and The Village, but I was rather taken with Signs and Unbreakable was interesting. Sixth Sense was great.
Thing is, you have to remember that this guy doesn't do the standard blockbuster formula, he's a niche innovator, returning to a time where "Tease
the Shark" really meant something.
Think about it. Nowadays, most big-budget films, there's no shark, even in the previews. In the 30-second trailer, they show you the good guy, the
bad guy, the monster, the twist, and the ending. It's almost pointless to see the Movie. The Incredible Hulk? Please. I can already tell you exactly
how it goes just from the commercials. Hulk beats up army guy, who gets injected with the stuff to make him a hulk. He becomes a stronger hulk and
goes on a rampage, and Real Hulk must give up his chances to become a normal person again in order to fight him, and in the process, his one chance at
becoming normal again is either lost, or realized that he must stay The Hulk to protect the world from bad guys. Maybe joining SHIELD along with Iron
Man in the process or something. That sound about right? I haven't seen the movie yet, and I already know the whole damn movie.
But with a Shyamalan film, you never really know what you're going to get. All through Signs, I wondered if I'd ever actually get to see an alien or
not. The first time they showed just the tiny silohuette of it standing on the barn-roof in the "there's a monster outside my window" scene, it
freaked me out far more than anything I saw in Aliens. When the newsreel showed the footage of it walking past the birthday party, everyone in the
theater had some four-letter words to say in surprise. Now granted, the end was forgetable, but I could never have been able to appreciate those sorts
of moments in, say, Independence Day, or Alien vs. Predator.
I guess that's the thing... Shyamalan has a way of creating a great "moment" in a film, and then surrounds it with a story to support and make that
moment plausible, while trying never to fully reveal the source of that moment. Sometimes it works, like Sixth Sense... sometimes it doesn't, like
The Village... sometime's it's a completely lame waste of time that makes me wonder why I wasted two hours of my life, like Lady in the Water. And
sometimes, it's just a few extremely memorable scenes sewn together in an otherwise unimpressive movie, like Signs.
I like Shyamalan, and I'm glad there's still the occasional innovator like him, willing to risk it all to bring us a new, or at least newly twisted
concept. If it weren't for people like him, the film industry would never evolve.
[edit on 6/13/2008 by thelibra]