As some of you may know, I haven’t really been a huge fan of M. Night Shyamalan as of late. The truth is I haven’t really been interested in many of M. Nights films and those that I might go out to see, were severally slammed by critics and from friends that had seen these films, and so the end result was I haven’t seen many of M. Night’s films.
Other than The Sixth Sense, Signs and Unbreakable none of M. Night’s directed films have done well critically, which is kind of sad. M. Night has had a ton of upfront success critically and then has been slowly sliding off into obscurity.
This brings me to yesterday, were I finally had a chance to sit down and watch Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, which by the way is a great movie. As is the custom, before the film started they showed trailers for upcoming films and the trailer for “Devil” came up. Devil’s trailer started off interesting enough, but as they went into the concept of the film, I started to hear people heckling or laugh at the trailer, someone behind me said the film was garbage. As the trailer went on and they dropped M. Night’s name as is the custom with all of M. Nights films I found myself losing interest. Which lead me to the question of whether or not M. Night’s career was over? Or at the very least, over in the eyes of the audience?
The truth is, M. Night still has some box office numbers, but you can see a bit of a downward slide over his last several films, other than The Last Airbender which came with a built in audience. M. Night is still profitable, but his profitability is declining.
Personally, I think M. Night needs to take a break and do some smaller films and then come back and do a big budget film. Then again, I could be wrong. So what do you think?