The Anomaly of M. Night Shyamalan: Will "The Visit" Be Worth Seeing?

Explore the filmography of M. Night Shyamalan, i.e. what marked his growth in popularity as a director/film-maker and why he has fallen so far and so rapidly to become, essentially, a joke of the film industry. Analyse what makes some of his most notorious films (i.e. The Happening, The Last Airbender, After Earth) both bad, but entertaining to watch. Is there is still a place for his well-intentioned film-making in modern Hollywood or should he be dismissed as an anomaly of the 90’s which happened to be lucky twice in a row with The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable. Will ‘The Visit" be worth seeing or will it fail both financially and critically, and potentially, mark the end of his career? Or is he invulnerable from this sort of flak?

  • There's also Signs and the reception behind that. – SpectreWriter 9 years ago
  • This would make an interesting read. M. Night Shyamalan's works seem to be either a hit or a miss for most people, depending on taste. Signs and the The Sixth Sense are two of my favourite films. I cringe whenever someone mentions The Happening though. It might be of interest to take a look at his personal life during the making of some of the films as well. – Lexzie 9 years ago
  • There's this book called, "The Man Who Heard Voices: Or, How M Night Shymalan Risked His Career for a Fairy Tale" that chronicles his struggle to get "The Lady in the Water" made. I've never read it myself but I'm told it really spells out his creative process. – Cagney 9 years ago

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