Agreed, at least as far as Signs goes (haven't seen The Sixth Sense). That film is incredibly effective, both as a thriller and as a story about this family. It's a rich film, and doesn't get enough credit.Antoine Doinel wrote:I'm going to step in here and defend Shyamalan a little. I think he is both an overrated and underrated filmmaker. He's overrated in that assessments that he is the next Hitchcock are Spielberg are off base simply because I don't feel Shyamalan's cinematic output have been resonant enough to warrant such a claim. Moreover, he is an extremely hit or miss filmmaker - his films either work or don't and when they don't it's a struggle to get through them.
He's underrated because despite whatever pop culture gags have resulted from the popularity of his films (which is hardly an assessment on their quality), when his films work they are startingly effective. I think Signs and The Sixth Sense showcase a filmmaker with tremendous narrative and visual acumen.
That said The Village and Lady In The Water showed Shyamalan was treading water at best. I do hope he finds a different narrative for The Happening, and that the film amounts to a lot more than the tagline.
As for The Village, the twist was stupid, but I kind of liked it. The cinematography was beautiful, and the acting was good.
Lady in the Water, however, man, what an awful, awful movie. I really liked the very very ending (the abruptness of it mainly), but on a whole the fairy tale element was poorly realized, and the critic character was laughably obvious and over-the-top.