Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Can Shyamalan Stay Relevant?

I remember when it was 1999 and M. Night Shyamalan was the most exciting thing to happen in cinema, with the release of The Sixth Sense. Many anticipate his body of work to resemble something quite as epic as... Steven Spielberg's perhaps? Today, however, such comparisons will be met with either a hysterical laugh, or plain disgust.

I swear to God this was an actual Google search...
The thing is, the guy is not at all a bad director. Maybe not the best, but I have seen a lot worse *cough* Ed Wood *cough*. The biggest problem we all have with the guy is his storytelling and his inflated ego. He may have let the overwhelming praise of The Sixth Sense [1999] and his unique, almost philosophical superhero movie Unbreakable [2000] let it get to his head.

Like, seriously dude... Wipe that smug off your face.
Every movie after that had been, at best, self-indulgent. Truth to be told, I pretty much gave up after Signs [2002], which wasn't really his worst movie, but you could almost tell that he's on a slow decline towards exactly that; self-indulgence.

Like becoming a central character in his own movies...
To date, I have yet to see The Last Airbender and Devil, both released last year. But being critically-panned wouldn't really stop this guy from working, especially considering that The Last Airbender made over $ 300 million. Which brings us to his next project known as One Thousand A.E, as of this moment, no release date has been announced.

In fact, it has yet to begin production. But Shyamalan has this to say about the movie; Set 1,000 years into the future, a young boy navigates an abandoned and sometimes scary Earth to save himself and his estranged father after their ship crashes.

Kind of like this, but in the distant future...
Granted, few will be looking forward to this one. But chances are people will go see it anyway because this one will feature the father and son team of Will Smith and Jaden Smith. Yeap, Shyamalan is smart enough to employ the Midas touch of the Smiths. Given the premise, perhaps it's going to be like The Pursuit of Happyness [2006], but this time around the son will be looking out for the father, and of course, set in the distant future.

I honestly don't know what to say. It could be good, as long as he won't be doing most of the writing, and let his ego slip for once. Your verdict?

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