Why this film is important...and why people don't like it that way: (by philmographer)
I was disappointed to see such harsh reviews from the critics when there are clearly much sillier and stupid films out there. "Zohan" was about 60% at rotten tomatoes, while "The Happening" was at 14%. The disappointment didn't last long when I realized, given the information above, if critics had liked this movie, that might have been a bad thing. I focused my attention on interviews with Shyamalan himself talking about the film instead of the pretentious critics who have grown accustom to hating his movies. I decided to take HIS advice and go into the theater looking <more>
for a "fun B movie". You will find that, and so much more. This movie is not your average thriller by any means. "The Happening" holds a solid "Twilight Zone" feel without being cliché or overused. This might be why the average masses didn't like it. We are used to being fed sequel after sequel after remake after remake. Don't get me wrong, those are fun movies to watch but the ART of film is being lost. The stereotypic perfect leading man who is smooth, witty, handsome and quick thinking who always saves the day will not be found in this film. Nor will the overuse of incredible special effects, slashing and squirting blood and gore, erotic sex scenes, fast paced chases, or crude language. Yes, the content is uncomfortable and disturbing and times, but it has a point. It's not goring for the sake of being goring and it's not uncontrolled in it's violence. This film is simple. It has flawed and awkward characters who don't always say the smoothest thing. Everyone is imperfect and they don't handle the situations in the best "hollywood" type manner. Shyamalan did this on purpose. This movie is not paced for the "entertain me entertain me entertain me entertain me" type audiences we have mostly become. You are given the elements, but it's up to you to be able to slow down and feel the emotions in order to appreciate the film. The parable and meaning are so much deeper and innocent than what is popularized in media today. It will challenge you. It will make you think."The Happening" on the outside is a very fun and funny film. It is a "B" movie on the surface because of it's amazing simplicity, but by the end of the film you realize what it's actually all about. It's sad to see that so many people have completely missed it. Bottom line: If you liked his other films, you must see this one, it falls into the ranks of everything made before Lady. If you didn't like his other films, stick to boring remakes and sequels.
I don't get it - I watched this movie yesterday in a packed house with people who seemed to be enjoying themselves. They were scared, they jumped in their seats and they laughed at the many humorous moments. Everything seemed to work and I wasn't alone at the theater in having fun with this film. Mark Wahlberg and cast are totally believable innocents, so much so that you really care about their almost-naive characters. It's definitely the most Hitchcock-like of Night's efforts to date "The Birds" comes to mind . I must have missed his cameo though. Now I see these <more>
bad reviews all over the place, and I just don't get it.I think people just need to let go of the expectation of a 'Sixth Sense'-style bombshell, chill and enjoy themselves. Like I did. Good flick!
M. Night Shyamalan has created a very original story with a lot of creative ideas, amazing tone and brilliant shock and suspense scenes that would make even Hitchcock proud. So why all the hate for such an awesome movie? The only conclusion I can come up with is that either people just love to hate on Shyamalan, as was evident with The Village, or they just wanna see more rehashing. People must love love all of the sequels Indiana Jones 4, The Incredible Hulk , remakes and adaptations Speed Racer, Iron Man , and the straight forward rip-offs The Strangers, The Ruins , etc. etc. Don't get <more>
me wrong, I liked most of these movies with the exception of the rip-offs and Speed Racer but The Happening is far superior because it actually has originality. It truly, in my opinion, is the greatest movie of 2008 so far and maybe the best movie of the past few years.I loved everything about the story. The thing about Shyamalan is that people always complain about his movies being unbelievable or unrealistic and this simply makes me angry. A movie is not to be watched the intention of learning about the world, it meant to be watched to see a story. It doesn't need to be realistic, it doesn't need to follow some sort of snobbish standard. It's art for God's sake! Anyways, back to what I was saying about the story. It moves amazingly well and I was upset to see it finally end because I wanted it to keep going. There are a lot of shocking and very disturbing moments which is why I was surprised that more horror fans weren't impressed. After all of his PG-13 films, I thought this would have had very little violence and barely deserved the R rating because most of his movies have been pretty tame. I'll tell you right now that it definitely earned the R rating. It is one of the most gruesome and disturbing Hollywood releases I've seen in a long time.I also wanted to mention how people have been complaining so much about the acting in this film. It was definitely bizarre and awkward but I thought that it followed along with the story and helped the movie create its own little world in that sense. I thought the whole cast did a great job.Don't buy a ticket to this one if you want to see another rehash of something that's already been done. It is a truly different film and I think it is ahead of its time. Shyamalan is one of the only directors out there still doing original work, and he does a damn good job of it if you ask me.
Probably This Summer's Blockbuster! (by TheKricket)
WOW! I haven't been that excited at the movies since the original Jurassic Park.I was privileged to see a pre-screening of this movie with my wife, and I was quite impressed. I would give this 10 stars, but of course nobody is perfect and this wasn't a perfect movie, but Shyamalan sure did a good job. He has sculpted a successful original thriller that will keep you tuned in, creeped out, and impressed. I was very pleased with Mark's performance, and think he as a good flavor to the cast. You can feel his emotion, as well as all the character's emotions, throughout the <more>
film.Director MNS causes many to ponder and think about his movies after they are viewed. I adore this because it makes movies that more meaningful. I thought about how important family relationship is. You never no when a crisis may happen, probably not like the one from the movie, but it is important to always have good ties with your family. Also, *possible spoiler* the importance of our environment and how important the environment plants, flowers, trees, and other beauties of the earth . This are great topics to talk and ponder about.I feel bad for the people who are just going to look to rent this movie when it comes out. It will be very difficult to rent because this is going to be a film that is rented out for a long time, and will be hard to get a hold of. Good luck though.I recommend this movie. You will not be disappointed, and if you are, oh well, tomorrow is another day. Everybodies a Critic
I'm with Ebert. This movie is mezmerizing. The last 30 or 40 minutes are kind of a drag, I kind of wish the movie was shorter, but the good really outweighs the bad. Of course Hollywood has been really big on disaster movies in the past 15 years or so. It seems like there's three or four that come out every year, plus all the superhero movies and stuff that's about the whole world in the balance. This one thankfully is more intimate, reminding me only of Spielberg's War of the Worlds and Tarkovsky's NOstalghia and Stalker. i thought maybe it SHOULD have had a trick ending, <more>
but I can't think of what. There are some parts that are stupid, like when the old lady starts to smash her face into the windows. Also it's weird how healthy genetically fit everyone looks in M. Night's movies. In crowd scenes everyone looks really tip-top, and they're always so well dressed. but I guess that's Hollywood for ya. Anyway, it's his best movie yet, even better than Lady in the Water and The village. I hated 6th Sense and the others.
This movie freaked me out. I walked into the theater unaware of what I was really going to be watching. Some of the effects are corny here and there but for the most part, as I sat and watched by myself in the theater, I felt tension fueled through the whole set. The movie was bloody enough for my entertainment but under the surface of this flick, it's a creepy little disturbing masterpiece about supporting your own positive energy into the world.I would recommend this film to people with a sense of humor and a brain. Most of the reviews on this board come from dorks. The movie is pretty <more>
creepy. I wouldn't dismiss it for a second if you read a bunch of lame reviews. Check it out if you search for a thrill. The damn thing scared me and that is impossible to do. I feel I have seen it all with movies these days but this one rattled me with a smile. I went straight for my smokes after it was over.
For those with imaginations... and attention spans. (by kvinneslandr)
I'm surprised this movie is getting as many bad reviews as it appears to be getting... but the occasional good review is very telling, especially Ebert's. I'd recommend reading his review because in my opinion he 'got it', and no need to repeat his observations here.As usual, MNS comes up with a thinking-man's view of what exactly is disconcertingly eerie and/or profoundly horrible... that which you can't really immediately understand... and even more telling, that which is beyond controlling.But if your imagination is such that the sudden downfall of society <more>
doesn't shock after the first random suicide of a person sitting next to you, or your attention span is such that watching a normally calming pan across a countryside turn into something deeply ominous for more than a few frames bores you, then this won't be a movie to your taste.Within the microcosms created by MNS in his films, I never walked away with a feeling of having to suspend an untoward amount of disbelief... that seems to be a major complaint of many who are panning this movie, but I don't see it. I can only chalk it up to the 'cynical chic' of the South Park generation... those for whom empathy is an alien concept, to whom ennui is epitomized by screen images which don't provide visual bombardments even few seconds, and by whom mean-spirited irreverence is demanded in lieu of actual humorous or heartfelt dialog.If the dialog seems simplistic, well, look a bit deeper and realize exactly what 'regular folk' might say or do if the events of this Happening actually were occurring... this is the way the world ends, this is the way the world ends... not with the bang of snappy repartee or quotable sound-bytes, but with the whimper of incredulity and dread.Complaining about the acting or dialog in The Happening is like complaining about the 'jumpy camera work' in Cloverfield. In short, anyone who just doesn't "get it" to that extent really shouldn't be posting their opinions on movies.Finding the truly human and poignant moments in the outwardly mundane yet intrinsically significant details of his landscapes and characters is one of MNS's great gifts, and he hits the mark here too.The cinematography was superb, the actors all hit their strides, the story was compelling, the occasional odd character, visual pun, and good-natured joke worked well... no complaints on that score.I even went in expecting to be underwhelmed by the acting of the two lead characters, but came out pleasantly surprised.But then again, I loved The Village, and found many good things about The Lady In The Water... so I guess mine will remain the minority opinion.But if you have admired MNS's previous work, you will enjoy this film as well.
I must say the thing I enjoy about M. Night's films are, they are different, yet entertaining in an interesting way. They cause the viewer to leave the theater and think and discuss the point, message, or moral of the story. Although that may irritate some, for others, it's a fresh change of pace on the Silver Screen. Some just want to be entertained by a movie without a philosophy the film may carry. With this in mind; "The Happening," is the same way. One can't go into the theater and expect to see what they are used to seeing. Plan on something different, keep an open <more>
mind, and catch the vision of this amazing movie maker. By taking a step out of the normal to make the film "R" rated, it was for a smart purpose in revealing the story. It starts off really creating an impression on the viewer about "what is happening?" The pace of this film is somewhat quick yet occasionally it does get odd. Overall the film as a whole is a success in my opinion, it delivers some scare, some intensity,some justifiable gore, wrapped around a story at heart.My suggestion for one who wants to see this movie is, just go and enjoy. Don't be tempted like many others by comparing his films to the "Sixth Sense." This movie is not, "The Sixth Sense2." it's "The Happening." It does gives some intense scares, and is supported by a powerful musical Score. Another suggestion is, if you don't like his other films, don't bother with this one, and save your money because it is from the unique, Shyamalan, you know what to expect.
M Night manages to create the "feeling" again! (by froggthejam)
I caught the movie this afternoon! The first screening of it in India, and I can gladly say that I enjoyed the movie completely! M. Night always manages to create this eerie feeling in his movies, and he manages to pass that feeling on to you very well! The movie is very creepy, but that just adds to the M. Night movie "feeling"! All his movies have it, and that adds to the charm! I walked in with low expectations, because the critics practically ripped the movie apart in their reviews, but I though it was way way better than Lady in the Water. It's not a very long movie, and <more>
keeps you engrossed the whole time! I strongly recommend watching this in the theater! And by no chance should you miss this flick, even if you missed it in the theater. The performances are not top notch, but you don't really notice it. The movie is very enjoyable and again, I strongly recommend at least one watch!