I do apologize for the cynicism upfront. I sincerely mean that. But after you’ve been kicked in the groin as hard as M. Night Shyamalan has kicked the moviegoing public, you start to get grumpy.
I like almost all of Shyamalan’s movies, but I noticed that each one got progressively more self-satisfied, heavy-handed, and masturbatory. Then we got Lady in the Water…and the downright insulting “thriller” The Happening.
Really, I don’t know why anyone would hand this guy another movie without making jump through some SERIOUS hoops. But M. Night is now directing The Last Airbender, a movie based on the popular Nickelodeon cartoon.
I’m guessing he is trying to do something more mainstream and action-oriented to wipe away the memory of his last couple of films. I really wonder if he can pull it off, and these two very obvious, basic, paint-by-numbers stills don’t do anything to encourage me. Take a look, courtesy of USA Today. Click to make big.