Signs ★★★★★

“Is it possible that there are no coincidences?”

3rd Rewatch 

God, this movie gets me every time. This film is so much more than just an alien invasion movie, it’s about a man who loses all his faith and by the end his faith is restored and there’s something so special about that and the way M. Night Shyamalan went about showing that. The movie has this beautiful message that everything happens for a reason and it all comes full circle by the end with the mother’s final words that popped into her head in her final moments “Swing away, Merrill. Merrill? Swing away.” Bo’s “tick” with her water that she’s leaves around the house. Morgan’s asthma prevents him from breathing in the poison at the end. “There are no coincidences.” This has always been a very special movie to me ever since I first saw it many years ago, the family felt so realistic and so relatable. Each of the actors performances felt so perfect and everyone’s chemistry felt so authentic. Shyamalan put so much work into making this movie authentic and you gotta hand it to the guy, he did his research, he studied the crop circle conspiracy and made them as true to the real life unexplained phenomenon as he could. One complaint some people have with this movie that I’ve seen is the whole thing with the Aliens being hurt by water, and why they picked a planet made up almost entirely of water and my response to that is simply, how would the aliens know that was their weakness until they actually came across it, they are obviously not familiar with the substance of water and this would probably be the first time they stumbled upon it. I know most probably don’t really take that into consideration when they complain about it or maybe they even think it was just bad writing but not everything needs to be overly complex and complicated in a story.

“Nothing can stop us from enjoying this meal so ENJOY IT, STOP CRYING!”

A little detail that is shown twice throughout the movie is whenever the whole family touches the signal on Bo’s baby monitor becomes clear, this occurs both near the beginning of the film when they all touch on the car and towards the very end at what the family believes to be their last meal, it’s details like these that make this such a well thought out film. The movie has countless little details like that, that most probably miss, another being when the family is coming out from the basement you can see that the window is barricaded with a piece from what looks to be a child’s outdoor play set, and well that’s because it is, earlier in the film you can see a big play set in the yard of the house and it has the same exact design as the one they used to barricade the window meaning the family took it apart to be creative in barricading the house. Another genius little detail that some people probably miss is when the dog pee’s in the kitchen and the kids recommend taking the dog to the vet, Mel Gibsons character has a very interesting look on his face, he’s holding back emotional because he doesn’t want to take the dog to the vet because the veterinarian of the town was the man who killed the family’s mother in the car accident. Tak Fujimoto’s cinematography is absolutely genius, I don’t think he gets enough credit especially for this movie because there isn’t a bad shot in the film.

“There's a monster outside my room, can I have a glass of water?”

M. Night Shyamalan is a very hit or miss director, some of his movie are pure genius and masterfully crafted and others flat out fail on all levels, this is his best in my opinion. This is a massive comfort movie for me, it’s up there with The Burbs, Batman Begins and even Star Wars for movies that I pop in just to feel comfortable. Mel Gibson and Joaquin both give Oscar worthy performances as the stars of this brilliant film and they were perfectly casted in their roles, I truly believe this movie couldn’t of been more perfect. One thing I thought M. Night Shyamalan did really well was capture every single emotion that went through the characters faces, there’s a lot of slow close ups in the film and not only slow camera angles but slow dialogue in some scenes, he directed the film in a way that lets you as the viewer really have time to take in every meaningful piece of dialogue and expression the characters evoke. The atmosphere of their farm and the town really feels like a character in and of itself. I don’t even want to go into how much I love James Newton Howard‘s score either, it’s his best in my opinion. This is a movie I’d recommend not only to any sci-fi lover but anyone who questions their place in the world, it’s a movie I learn something new from on every viewing.

Overall I feel that this is ONE OF THE GREATEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME.


“People break down into two groups. When they experience something lucky, group number one sees it as more than luck, more than coincidence. They see it as a sign, evidence, that there is someone up there, watching out for them. Group number two sees it as just pure luck. Just a happy turn of chance. I'm sure the people in group number two are looking at those fourteen lights in a very suspicious way. For them, the situation is a fifty-fifty. Could be bad, could be good. But deep down, they feel that whatever happens, they're on their own. And that fills them with fear. Yeah, there are those people. But there's a whole lot of people in group number one. When they see those fourteen lights, they're looking at a miracle. And deep down, they feel that whatever's going to happen, there will be someone there to help them. And that fills them with hope. See what you have to ask yourself is what kind of person are you? Are you the kind that sees signs, that sees miracles? Or do you believe that people just get lucky? Or, look at the question this way: Is it possible that there are no coincidences?”
(My favorite monologue from any film)

Check out this analysis of the film. By Chris Stuckman

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