Stop Letting M. Night Shyamalan Make Movies!
Hey Hollywood, you’ve got to smarten up. Stop letting M. Night Shyamalan make movies. He’s not a bad director, but he has a habit of taking a perfectly good story and then completely making a train wreck out of it.
I’ve been looking forward to watching this movie for months! The trailers and buildup to the launch date made it look like a great movie — even if it is a kids movie.
Then, thanks to the power of Twitter which I now check before spending money on a movie, I saw that the trending topic for “Last Airbender” had an incredibly negative attitude towards the movie. On top of that, the movie got a 8% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. To keep this in perspective, 2 Girls 1 Cup, the disgusting, viral porno that made the rounds on the web last year got a 18% on Rotten Tomatoes (Since removed from their rankings).
When people are saying things like “With all of my heart I discourage you from seeing this movie. Go see Karate Kid. Go see Killers. Go see (I cannot believe I am saying this) Eclipse. Just stay away from this movie.” You know that the movie sucked.
M. Night has a history of making crap movies. He broke into the scene with the 6th Sense, which was in my opinion a great film. I didn’t mind Signs, or Unbreakable, however, when he started putting out horrible crappy films like The Village, The Lady in the Water, and (worst) The Happening, you have to really wonder how this guy keeps getting work.
One aspect of all this that I find increasingly interested is the roll that social media is playing in movie marketing. Film studios can no longer BS their way into your wallet. People can easily spread the word about how awful the movie is and –hopfully– warn their friends so that they don’t go waste their money.
Question of the post: Do you like M. Night Shyamalan’s work?