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• Posted by Josh
• Date: Thursday, July 27, 2006, at 10:31 a.m.
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• In Response to: Re: My problem with The Sixth Sense... (Smalltown_Poets)

Shyamalan is an excellent director, an expert at evoking moods and imagery and, especially, at selling the film's plots, no matter how preposterous. That's why the Sixth Sense works - not because the ending makes sense - but because it *feels* convincing. At least, initially.

Of course, as time went on and Shyamalan's films, shall we say, "declined" in creative merit, one thing became apparent. However great a director he may be (and I think he is - I'd love to see him make a proper adaptation of The Time Machine), he's a horrible, horrible, HORRIBLE writer. The Village was my clearest clue - from the stilted dialogue to the incredibly pedestrian "twist" to the mixed message - it was an unmitigated disaster (well, the score was good, though...).

And now we have Lady in the Water - by most accounts another complete mess - in which Shyamalan literally casts himself as a writer who's work will change the world. I can think of nothing more self-aggrandizing. Hitchcock was happy with short, amusing cameos - and Shyamalan is no Hitchcock.

I think I will see Lady in the Water, though. From the sound of things, it will provide about two hours of unintentional entertainment.


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