Don't say I didn't warn ya. It will have some beautiful cinematography, Paul Giamati will be good, Bryce will be good, but the story will be complete **** and you will walk out of the theater asking yourself "What was the point of all that?"
6 months ago I read a first review at AICN and it was absolutely atrocious. Unfortunately it sounded absolutely in line with Shyamalan's recent turn to weird stories that don't bother to explain themselves and are just weird and contrived for their own sake. I guess they mean something to him but nobody else.
That review was taken down, probably because Harry was threatened with a lawsuit. There is a new one up over there that is just as bad and echoes all the same points.
Last night I read the new Entertainment Weekly. In it is an exceprt from Night's new book about making the film. It details how he brought the script to Disney and they saw right away that it didn't work. They tried to get him to change things but he refused. They felt justified because they tried to get him to change things in The Village. He refused and they were essentially proven right. They would not make that same mistake again.
So this script basically got him booted out of Disney. Of course he sees this as some sort of Christ analogy. The poor, tortured artist, ground under the corporate wheel for sticking to his principles.
The fact is, Shyamalan is a talented guy, but he started to believe his own hype and thinks he can do no wrong. As a result he writes scripts that mean something only to himself. He is lost in self-agrandizement and loses us along the way.
Here's the proof, M. Night is the second male lead. No, I'm not kidding. he has tons of screen time and as we all know very well, he can't act for shi
t. This was another thing Disney wanted him to change but he refused. His character is an author who's future book will influence the President of the United States and change the world.
Is this guy in love with himself or what?
M. Night Shyamalan's talent has been swept away by his own lost sense of self. He has no artistic compass anymore, at least for writing. People who were his friends and believed in him tried to steer him back to reality, but he refused. This film is going to bomb worse than The Village and he has only himself to blame.