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Old August 15 2010, 01:34 PM   #32
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Re: What is your favorite M. Night Shyamalan movie?

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Signs- Not great but the end where it all pulls togeather redeems it.
Whereas I think the ending is what damns it, because what "all pulls together" is completely forced and convoluted, making it feel like a contrived exercise, an overly elaborate game played with the audience. "Hey, here's a bunch of random things and events. And here's an arbitrary circumstance that fits them all together so they're not random! Surprise!" That's awful. It's getting it backward. What made The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable so inspired was that the ultimate revelations were so simple and straightforward; the explanation that tied all the clues together was one single fact that was staring us in the face the whole time, and it made us realize that everything we'd seen before actually meant something different than we'd thought. That's brilliant. But Signs was a soulless, hollow exercise by comparison. The random clues only added up to something because they were forced to, and they were really still random all along. They didn't arise organically out of a single, clear premise that was deftly hidden in plain sight; they were just slapped together for the sake of screwing with the audience. It's like a terribly constructed riddle. "What do a fountain pen, a rutabaga, a billboard, and a walrus have in common? They're all part of this event I made up that involved a fountain pen, a rutabaga, a billboard, and a walrus all at the same time, ha ha ha!" That doesn't mean anything. It doesn't come from anywhere honest. It's just a lazy cheat.

And that's not even getting into the monumental idiocy of aliens who are poisoned by water invading a planet that's almost completely covered in the stuff...
You could be right, I've only ever seen it the once however and just remember not liking it v much until the end.

I think he's made the right decision now in seemingly either writing or directing rather than both at the same time, though I guess he'll go back to that eventualy.
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