I remember liking “Sixth Sense”, but every movie he’s done since then has gotten successively worse. Starting with “Signs”, his heavy-handed signature direction style is severely distracting. I can just picture him behind the camera talking to the actors…
“Just think of the suspense we can build up in two hours of wooden acting - imagine that you’re drugged up on painkillers and you have to talk in a complete monotone. Won’t that be suspenseful?”
Oooh, you’re soo spoooky. Especially when there’s no payoff. I love a nice buildup, and there are occasional ‘make-you-jump’ moments in his movies, but something with his pacing and writing is wrong. I do like his story ideas, but he just doesn’t seem to be able to execute them without feeling he has to be all super-styley. The endings are such a let down when the “suspense” plateaus 15 minutes into the movie. Really, IMO, suspense is more effective when you can continue to build it, and it should only build after there’s been an attempt to establish background and character, otherwise no one’s going to care much about your story. Everyone will be too busy trying to not be distracted by the odd mannerisms you force your actors to affect.
So, anyone boycotting “Lady in the Water”?