“I’ve studied the form of comics intimately. I’ve spent a third of my life in a hospital bed… with nothing else to do but read. I believe comics are our last link… to an ancient way of passing on history. The Egyptians drew on walls. Countries all over the world still pass on knowledge through pictorial forms. I believe comics are a form of history… that someone somewhere felt or experienced. Then of course those experiences and that history… got chewed up in the commercial machine, got jazzed up… made titillating, cartooned for the sale rack.” – Elijah Price
Number of Times Seen – At least 10 times (28 Dec 2000 in the Theater, DVD, 15 Jun 2013, 29 Jun 2014, 25 Sep 2016 and 14 Apr 2019)
Brief Synopsis – After surviving a terrible train accident, a man tries to understand his place in the world with the help of an art dealer.
My Take on it – This film has been one of my all time favorite films ever since I saw it on opening night back in 2000.
I have watched it many times and each time am in pure awe of how they manage to depict everything so well since they find a way to show the plausibility of having real superheroes ion the world we live in without the need of special effects or out of this world technology.
I’ve seen all of the films by M. Night Shyalaman and this still remains my favorite because of the way that it is able to speak so clearly about what it wants us to see without the need of a super surprise or ruse like most of his earlier films had.
They manage to develop these characters really well and their histories are revealed so completely to us that we can completely understand how they feel the need to try and discover what the future holds for them depending on what path they choose to take.
As a fan of comic books, this film does something that is rarely (if ever) done in film and it visually makes us feel as if we are watching a movie of a comic book as the frames are shot just like one would draw panels in a comic.
The choice of Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson as the two main characters is a brilliant one since they both excel in these roles.
Each of them makes us care so much about them that we feel even more invested in what will happen to them since we are familiar with much of their emotional baggage that they have collected along the way to this point in time.
The music by James Newton Howard is spectacular and it remains among my all time favorite film scores because it gives off the feeling of the emergence of greatness in a subtle yet powerful way.
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Can’t wait to see this again!
Bottom Line – Amazing film that is able to find a way to explain how it could be possible for superheroes to live in our world. This is my favorite M. Night film because it speaks so clearly without having to use a ruse or shock like most of his other earlier films. The characters are developed really well and we get to know and understand the history of them as they themselves try to learn about what path they must follow for the future. As a comic book fan, I loved the way that this film follows the way that comic books are drawn and tells the story in a very unique cinematic way. Willis and Jackson are perfect as the two main characters and they each give us so much of a reason to care about what will happen to them because we get to see the emotional baggage that each carries with them on their journey. The music is superb and this is one of my all time favorite movie themes because it epitomizes the emergence of greatness. Highly Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Of all the films he’s made, this is M. Night Shyamalan’s personal favorite. (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)
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