By Lisa Fary
Seeing M. Night Shyamalan’s name on a movie goes a long way towards kicking the hell out of my faith in that movie’s quality.
I see his name and groan, “What’s the twist gonna be this time?” or “How much screen time will he give himself in this one?”
I liked The Sixth Sense and Signs, and Unbreakable was brilliant. But, The Village? I had no defense for that when it was over and my movie friends attempted to trace the exact moment that Shyamalan had become a hack (the held with was with Signs; I still think The Village was the beginning of his downfall).
Then there was Lady in the Water (I think someone called it the Showgirls of fantasy films) and The Happening (can horrible dialogue be considered a terrorist act?). As you can see, there is no more reason to have any faith in this guy, and I’m amazed anyone gave him another movie to make.
But, Paramount and Nickelodeon did.
Check this out:
Well. That’s quite a departure.
I know nothing about Avatar: The Last Airbender on Nickelodeon except for what I’ve read here, so I can’t speak to casting decision and the like. But, the look of it is kind of exciting. It’s so different than anything Shyamalan is done that maybe, just maybe, it won’t be a screwy narcissistic orgy. Maybe he’ll find his way back to awesome.
What do you think?
Lisa Fary’s early exposure to classic Battlestar Galactica in 1979 is largely responsible for her lifelong interest in science fiction and her childhood ambition of being an intergalactic space cowgirl. She thinks diagramming sentences is a fun alternative to Sudoku.
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