Hollywood Mysteries: M Night Shyamalan (Part III: Still Falling)

(You can find Part I here and Part II here)

By 2008, I had completely soured on M Night. “The Lady in the Water” was that bad. I honestly had no expectations of him any more, and no anticipation of his future projects. If he was atop my favorite working directors list in 2002, he was nowhere near it in 2008.

Which is why I was surprised when trailers for his next film, “The Happening” were intriguing. It was apocalyptic looking and moody, and features that great shot he got of bodies falling through the air.

What if “The Lady in the Water” were an aberration? I mean, you take that movie out, and the guy’s filmography was awesome. Three great flicks and one ok one. So maybe he just had one wild idea and he whiffed on it. I mean, even if it sucked, it was still…. unique. What if now he was pissed off over being called a hack, and this movie was his return to form? With a vengeance?

Oh my God no. No, no, no. LOL.

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Hollywood Mysteries: M Night Shyamalan (Part II: The Fall)

(If you missed Part I: The Rise, it’s here.)

In the summer of 2004, M Night Shyamalan was the hottest Director in the World. His name was selling tickets to the extent where the promo poster for that summer’s “The Village” has essentially NOTHING on it except his name. “M Night Shyamalan’s The Village”, some wooden planks, a stripe of paint. In those days, that was all his movies would need. It opened with a $50 million dollar weekend.

A funny thing happened though.

It wasn’t any good.

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Hollywood Mysteries: M Night Shyamalan (Part I: The Rise)

Welcome to “Hollywood Mysteries”, my essay series about things that BAFFLE me in movies and tv. No, I’m not going to be writing about the Black Dahlia, or Bob Crane or George Reeves, or that kind of Hollywood Mystery. I’m going to write about crazy production decisions, no brainers that got fumbled, people who lost their fastballs suddenly, that sort of thing.

First up? M Night Shyamalan.

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