Curiosity Inc. wrote:
For my part, I think that Mark Wahlberg can be great onscreen, but only if he's being led by a solid director. Shyamalan, apparently, couldn't pass the test.
Admittedly, I haven't seen the movie, nor do I plan to. Some people laugh at unashamedly bad movies, but I can only beat my head against the nearest solid object to make me forget the pain. I will not subject myself to this.
To my mind, Shyamalan has become a victim of what I like to call "The George Lucas Syndrome." This is characterized by a few spectacular hits in a filmmaker's career, followed by a sudden loss of writing ability and acute egocentric career moves. However, the filmmaker usually retains a keen eye for cinematography and visual effects. See also: The Wachowski Brothers.
Long story short: Shyamalan either needs to get his head out of his ass or get out of show biz altogether. Next up, he's adapting some Nickelodeon cartoon called "Avatar: The Last Airbender." Hopefully, he'll learn a few things as he works with someone else's material.
I agree with you about Walhberg...ie THE DEPARTED.
As for the GEORGE LUCAS fever that you say he caught, it's sad to see that.
Especially with directors who you know have
greatness...Lucas, M. NIght.I think M. Night might do well if he would just drop the Hitchcock influence of "I HAVE TO WRITE, STAR, DIRECTOR, PRODUCE EVERY FILM EVER"
And allow some others to have a hand in the blender.
Some talented writers, etc.