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  1. Jared
    January 13, 2019

    I haven’t seen the movie, but I know Shyamalan. A line stuck with me that one reviewer once said: “Let’s face it- M Night Shyamalan is an idiot.” Maybe to be more specific- he’s obsessed with the ideas and meaning behind a movie, and can’t (or won’t) simply make a crowd-pleaser. I don’t know if he doesn’t know how, or just doesn’t want to. This movie was handed to him. It should have been a breeze. All he had to do was make something exciting and entertaining. He didn’t need to “subvert audience expectations”. As another reviewer said, we already know (from the previous two movies) that these characters have powers. So we’re just not interested in the idea that they don’t. Idk what the twist is, but does Shyamalan not know what the idea of a “crowd-pleaser” is? Is it beneath him to just make a “regular movie”? Movies are supposed to be fun and enjoyable, not sermons. It’s the same mistake that the Wachowskis made with the Matrix sequels. They already had a fantastic set-up; all they had to do was give the audience what they wanted. But no, it’s like they had to reinvent the wheel each time, apparently thinking that their philosophizing was sooo important. …Anyway, I’m glad you mentioned “Signs”. That was Shyamalan’s true crowd-pleaser. In fact, everything up to “The Village” was acceptable. But ever since then, he’s had his head crammed firmly up his ass. His movies have always had a “message”, but starting with LITW, the message seems to be more important to him than making an entertaining movie. (“Split” seems an exception.) He has good ideas and makes good moments, but just imagine what this movie could have been if he had gotten off his high horse, and listened to some input from other people.
    (But… idk really. I don’t know how much could have been done with these 3 characters. It’s just… if the trailer advertises an exciting action movie, it should really be that.)

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    • Battleship Pretension
      January 16, 2019

      Interesting take. I’m not sure if I completely agree. I’m less interested in directors who give audiences what they want so much as giving the characters what they need. I’d be fine with Shyamalan neglecting the former if he had done the latter.
      -Tyler

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