A new M. Night Shyamalan movie opens up the floor to a lot of questions.
The announcement of a new M. Night Shyamalan movie is sure to be greeted with both eager grins and apathetic groans. His body of work is intriguing, to say the least, but there's no denying that he has made both great and terrible films; sadly, he appears to be stuck in the middle-ground right now.
Shyamalan attracted immense acclaim back in 1999 with his third feature film, The Sixth Sense. Many agree that he exhibited a masterful blend of horror and psychological drama, outlining huge expectations for his subsequent efforts which he actually managed to meet. Unbreakable is highly regarded even today, but it's often debated when exactly the director slipped into decline. Some would say 2002's Signs, but the majority would counteract this and say 2004's The Village — however, both have their many merits.
A lot of his fans ended their love affair with his work the very minute The Village revealed its twist. Of course, Shyamalan had become synonymous with reveals and twist endings, so it's clear to see why many note this as his point of decline. After this, he headed downhill fast with such panned productions as Lady in the Water, The Happening, The Last Airbender and After Earth. Addressing these movies in succession, his downfall couldn't be any clearer.
He attempted to return to his roots with The Visit, and while it was a bigger success than the four aforementioned disasters, it was hardly the glorious comeback some fans envisioned. Fortunately, many agreed that Split was. Critical reception was glowing and general audiences announced his return to form as an unexpected triumph. Whether the film actually earned such praise remains up for discussion, but nevertheless, it facilitated him to conclude his trilogy, consisting of Unbreakable, Split and Glass, the latter displaying signs of steady decline once again.
So, taking this brief overview into account, is it really worth anticipating his recently announced project? The answer is a resounding yes, much to our own annoyance. The director has tested fans' patience time and time again, but the strength of his early work keeps us engrossed in his endeavours. Check out his latest announcement on Twitter:
Outlining new film.... Has a little fun sci-fi bent. Feels so good to begin a new story.— M. Night Shyamalan (@MNightShyamalan) May 14, 2019
It isn't exactly his first venture into sci-fi territory, but let's just hope his idea is more aligned with Signs than say, The Happening. Hopefully, plot details surface soon, but as of yet, it's all speculation. What do we want from his new movie? It's a tough question, but we're really hoping that he'll infuse horror elements into the mix with a small cast, a mysterious premise and a strong reveal; vintage Shyamalan.
We want to dread what's coming, and fear for his characters while never knowing quite what's in store. Basically, let's hope he can deliver something in a similar vein to Signs. Both hope and scepticism are inevitable, so let's wish for something more than another mediocre film which simply ties into his earlier work to trick audiences into thinking it's great...
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