January is my birthday month, so I decided that I would try and do something quite unique and special for this milestone in my life. I will be turning 47, so I decided to watch 48 (47+1 for good luck) of my all time favorite movies in a random order over the course of this month. I have reviewed every one of these films already, but I will now give new perspectives on them all. Every one of these films received a 10/10 scoring from me. Some of these reviews will contain spoilers so if you have never seen them before, I recommend that you read some of my previous reviews of the film that were spoiler free before reading on…
Hope you enjoy!
This is film #7 of the 48.
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Initial Viewing Memories – I saw this film not long after it was released and due to all of the hype that proceeded it, I was somehow able to actually guess the twist of the story. This actually allowed me to see a very different movie than the trio of friends that joined me in the theater that night. The films of M. Night have become synonymous with end twists, but this is still his best and that makes the film so enjoyable to watch unfold.
“They don’t have meetings about rainbows. “- Cole
Number of Times Seen – At least 5 (10 Sep 1999 in Theater, DVD, 11 Nov 2013 and 6 Jan 2021)
Link to original review – Here
Brief Synopsis – A young boy is troubled by visions of ghosts and seeks the help of a child psychologist.
My Take on it – Spectacular film that works on so many levels due to the complexity of the story and characters. Brice Willis and Haley Joel Osment are both superb in this film and have such amazing chemistry together. The film deals with some very powerful subject matter and they are able to keep things so poignant throughout because of this. The music enhances the story because of the way that it border between being a supernatural thriller and a horror film and is able to be so entrancing to watch. Osment is truly spectacular in this film, but unfortunately, the role defined him and he never got a real chance to act in other kinds of roles in the two decades since he made this film. Highly Highly Recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Reportedly, Haley Joel Osment got the role of Cole Sear for one of three reasons. First, he was best for it. Second, he was the only boy at auditions who wore a tie. Third, director M. Night Shyamalan was surprised when he asked Haley Joel Osment if he read his part. Osment replied, “I read it three times last night.” Shyamalan was impressed, saying, “Wow, you read your part three times?” To which Osment replied, “No, I read the script three times.” (From IMDB)
Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)
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