Monday, June 06, 2011

In Defense Of...The Happening

A few weeks ago, Adam over at Hope Lies, following an article of the Seth Rogen film The Green Hornet, decided to launch a new feature in which the various writers for the site would take turns writing articles defending films that had fared poorly either critically or commercially. I suggested one about M. Night Shyamalan's The Happening, a film which I didn't hate as much as everyone else when it was released back in the Summer of 2008. I make a lot of similar points in the article as I did in my original review, although I like to think that the writing is a good deal sharper than it was three years ago, and even though my overall enjoyment of the film has decreased in that time - I watched it on TV not long ago and it does not hold up very well - I still think it is an interesting attempt to make a horror film that doesn't bow to traditional generic conventions.

The best part of the article, though, are the pictures that Adam found of various cast members looking fearfully off-screen, which just about tells you everything you could ever want to know about the film.