Stick in the Mud?
OK, so my wife won’t agree with me here, and I’m sure she’ll leave a comment, but I really didn’t care for this latest M. Night Shyamalan film.
I’m not really going to go into the good/bad things about the other Shyamalan films, but you expect certain things from him. You expect characters that you WANT to follow and root for; you expect SOME interesting dialogue; you expect a big, I-never-saw-that-coming twist at the end of the film; you expect clues throughout the film that help you figure out the mystery ending. Well, the lady only delivered on one of the four expectations I wanted.
I simply couldn’t get into the film and the characters. I love Paul Giamatti, but I felt like his talents were wasted here on lame dialogue that was sometimes laughable to me. I didn’t really care about the lady, just wanted her to go away or do something interesting.
Granted, there were a few comedic moments, and some clues that helped you figure out what was coming, but there was no big surprising ending, and the thing just kind of ended. The dark fairy tale eventually got it’s happy ending, and I couldn’t have cared less. The performances were weak, the characters were uninteresting, and M. Night disappointed me with a mediocre film.
2 out of 5.