As for the “web experience,” it’s pretty slick. You explore a dilapidated mansion, Myst-style, filled with themed rooms from each of Shammy’s movies. Even though I’m disillusioned with the man, and this whole “web experience” is probably an attempt at correcting his image before Airbender hits theaters, I have to admit the thing is pretty cool.
The teaser for M. Night Shymalan‘s next flick, The Last Airbender, hit the internet this week, along with a new “Shyamalan Web Experience” that’s pretty revealing.
As for the trailer, let me know what you think. I’ve been optimistic, but I got a very uncomfortable, queasy, Chronicles of Narnia feeling from the last ten seconds or so. Something about that more-colorful-than-life CGI.
Each room’s design is taken from a set-piece from his movies, and James Newton Howard’s brilliant music constantly plays in the background. Hidden trinkets in the rooms offer insights into Shammy’s writing and directing experience, such as how stressful each film was on a 1-to-10 scale, his favorite scenes and lines, and what he learned. Unfortunately, Shyamalan’s infamous ego is still occasionally apparent in his choice of words.
Poor Shammy. I used to be your biggest fan. The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, and The Village still rank among my favorite movies. Signs was a blast when I was 17, but hasn’t aged as well. Then you made two unforgiveably bad movies. Well, Lady In the Water had potential, but you cast yourself in it as a writer who changes the world, for goodness sake. And you killed a movie critic on screen. Very subtle.
Shammy’s last film, The Happening, is literally the worst movie I’ve ever seen.
How do we explain such a MacBethian fall from brilliance? I’m speechless. I can only guess that Shyamalan has insulated himself so much from criticism that he’s forgotten how to entertain people other than M. Night Shyamalan.