Signs

Signs ★★

Even at his worst, Shyamalan never bores, always managing to entertain me one way or another, which is why I’m frustrated with how dull this is. Family drama feels incredibly shoved down your throat & forced to be poignant, while the otherworldly elements feel awkwardly grafted on as opposed to symbiotic with the domestic conflict. Kid acting is Night of the Hunter levels of awkward/stilted. M. Night is too good a director to indulge a writer as bad as M. Night Shyamalan. James Newton Howard never misses tho, & there is some great lighting throughout, in addition to some well directed moments of suspense. Aliens are big garbo

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