Re: The movie "Signs"
They’re aliens. There are no good reasons at all to suspect otherwise, and plenty of reasons to suspect that they are aliens. Get over it.
“Oooooh! But you’re just assuming they’re aliens! We’re never actually told that!”
We’re never actually told that Vito Corleone, from “The Godfather”, is a member of the mafia. Sure, that’s what characters in the movie seem to assume, but it’s just an assumption. The director never appears on camera and says, “Oh, hey, FYI, he’s a mobster.” We are left only with our assumptions.
We’re never actually told that Sauron is evil in “The Lord of the Rings”. Sure, most of the characters believe him to be evil. But we only have their perspective - and why should we believe them? We’re never actually told he’s evil; other charaters just assume he is. We are left only with our assumptions.
We’re never actually told that Darth Vader is Luke Skywalker’s father. Sure, Vader says that, but why should we believe him? That would just be an assumption. We have no clear evidence. Certainly we aren’t shown him concieving Luke, followed by 9 months of pregnancy, followed by childbirth. We have only Vader’s word to go on. We are left only with our assumptions.
Oh. And mountains of evidence.
Just like “Signs”. The creatures look like aliens from another planet, as such are traditionally depicted in a variety of media. They make crop circles, just like popular culture associates with aliens from another planet. They have hovering ships created from advanced technology. They are biologically very different from any known creature that lives or has ever lived on planet Earth. At least some of the characters in the movie clearly believe the creatures to be aliens.
But oh no - we’re not actually told that. Well, not on camera by the director with his hand on a Bible swearing on the souls of his children.
I understand the desire to pretend they aren’t supposed to be aliens. If they weren’t, the movie would suck less in one or more ways. But it would suck more in other ways, because if they weren’t supposed to be aliens then why the fuck were they depicted to be aliens?
In one manner or another the director, who is indeed a very talented director, failed.
Sorry. This has been brewing for a while.