M Night Shyamalan has made some pretty terrible films. The Happening was one of the dumbest things I’ve ever seen, and The Last Airbender was probably my least favorite adaptation of a thing I love ever. That being said, I will always have respect for someone who is at least trying. I feel like he takes risks, he tries to do something new, and he’s passionate about it… and whether a person succeeds or fails I always admire that kind of spirit. I’m never going to say anyone should stop doing what they love even if they’re terrible at it.
It’s a lot worse to me to see someone just play it safe and have a mediocre product. There are so many movies that come out throughout the year that are just kinda paint by numbers, not even attempting to be memorable. How many generic horror movies come out in a year starring some random teenagers you’ve never seen in your life getting killed one by one? How many romantic “comedies” starring Katherine Heigl or Jennifer Lopez do you roll your eyes at every year? Nobody ever says those directors should quit, because nobody ever remembers who the fuck they are, haha. Seriously, I have zero clue who directed ANY Jennifer Lopez romantic comedy.
Maybe I’m being too harsh on those people, but I’m just trying to illustrate that there are way too many people making movies that seem like they’re not even a little interested in creating something remarkable or noteworthy. I think Shymalan at his shittiest is still trying to say something. And I could be wrong, but I think he still has the potential to make great work, it all depends on his ability and willingness to learn from his follies.
One last thing, on the subject of M. Night Shyamalan. I’m always seeing people call him “Shamalamadingdong” or some variation of that, they were doing that even when people liked his movies. I’ve always felt it’s really rude, obnoxious and I’m not gonna lie, sorta racist, when people decide they’re not even going to try to say someone’s name right because it’s too ethnic and “weird” for them. It’s not that hard of a name. Shy-ama-lan. It’s no harder then say Schwarzenegger, or McConaughey, or Jovovich or Gyllenhaal. Don’t suddenly act like it’s impossible to learn how to pronounce a name just because the person happens to be brown and not from America. If someone refused to even try to pronounce your name correctly you’d probably not feel nice things about that person. I don’t know, think about it at least.
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