Old ★★★½

Lmao Shyamalan more like Shamalamadingdong

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The joke is that I can’t pronounce long foreign names

Anyway time to enjoy the films of Kieslowski, Angelopoulos, and Lanthimos

EDIT: Just watched the film. It's pretty good! I thought the atmosphere combined with the dialogue and performances were a fascinating combo. The stiltedness of the characters created this uncanny effect, where you weren't sure whether you were supposed to chuckle or tense up. I definitely think this is on purpose, and you can actually see how this technique has evolved over the course of Shyamalan's filmography (though it's weird how a lot of people aren't onboard with this tonal juxtaposition and then go on to give directors like David Lynch and Wes Anderson the benefit of the doubt when the do they exact same thing). Some of the most unsettling imagery in Shyamalan's filmography as well, visualizing the existential horror of aging through some viscerally impactful body horror. Main drawback would be the ending, I'd say. Not that I hated it, but it does wrap things up a little too neatly, and I would have liked it to have ended on a more ambiguous note.

It is interesting to see some of the hostile reactions to this film. I really do think this sense of vitriol stems from how people felt "betrayed" by M. Night's handling of The Last Airbender (pretty sure I saw a user say that they'd "never forgive him" for that film). And, uh, yeah that movie's bad, sure. But... bruh, you're talking about a live action remake of a children's cartoon that aired on Nickelodeon about people throwing fireballs at each other. It's not like the dude committed war crimes in Syria or something. Grow up.

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