When and how did I watch this?
January 8th, 2016, on a friend’s PLEX account.
Had I seen this film already?
Yes.It was one of the most popular films of my generation.
What did I know about the movie before watching it?
The plot is basic, but somewhat unexpected in the end. I knew where most of the hard-to-watch scenes were, so I was better prepared for any jumps. There’s not much else to say here.
What do I know about it now?
This movie has very little replay value (beyond perhaps a second viewing). There’s a scene in 50 First Dates (Sandler/Barrymore) that involves Lucy (Barrymore) watching the film and saying, “Wow, I never expected that!”, and her brother and father kind of roll their eyes at each other because she’s seen the film a hundred times already. And likewise, I felt like I HAD seen this a hundred times, even though it might’ve been perhaps my third viewing, partly because the whole movie hinges so heavily on the final twist. Like Nemo, the film has immense value now that I’m married. Again, I don’t have much more to say without starting to give away crucial plot points.
What are some themes in the film?
Death, the paranormal, family, abuse, coming of age, acceptance/truth
Did this affect me personally?
The first time around, I was blown away. Only the marital aspect of the film struck me on this viewing.
Why is this ranked #159?
It’s easily M. Night Shyamalan’s best work, and very well known to the 25-39 demographic. It’s suspenseful/well paced, well shot, and, as my wife put it, the young Haley Joel Osment is “adorable”.
Did my wife watch/like it?
She did, but she kinda figured it all out beforehand. Smarty pants.
Would I watch it again?
Would I recommend it to a friend?
Once again, I’m pretty sure most/all of my friends have seen it.
Does it deserve to be on this list as one of the greatest films of all time?
Yes. Everyone is perfect in the film. Willis holds his ground the whole time, and the pacing and cinematography is nearly flawless. It’s what we all want to see in a movie, and something that Mr. Shyamalan couldn’t duplicate.