As I am watching a lot of movies, and trying to write scripts, I thought it might be interesting for you if I wrote my reviews on them. The title of the blog will have the movie title in it, so you can choose to skip reading if you haven’t seen the movie yet and don’t want to read any spoilers, or if you’re not interested in them of course 🙂 .
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As the movie is from 1999 I am assuming that most of you have seen it. I like the movie. Even though you see Malcolm Crowe being shot at the beginning of the movie, you don’t realise he’s dead for the remainder of the movie. The set up is perfect; at first there is a happy couple, who’s dream just has come true (Malcolm’s achievements as a child psychologist acknowledged by the city), and then all is taken away from them when he is shot by a former patient whom he couldn’t help. Malcolm then struggles to solve the problem of this scared little boy and is losing the love of his wife whilst doing so. Still the problem of the boy is more important to him than his marriage. When he decides to spend more time on his wife (who starts seeing another man) the boy begs him not to abandon him. Malcolm gives him the answer of what to do with the dead people he sees and then realises that he is dead himself. He finally understands the distance between him and his wife and is happy for her to find happiness elsewhere and ‘leaves.’
The cast is brilliantly chosen. The script states ‘Anna is the rare combination of beauty and innocence,’ which I think Olivia Williams portrays perfectly. Bruce Willis is of course known for his ‘charming, easy-going smile,’ so there was no other option for the role in my opinion. The only thing that didn’t match was the ‘thick, wavy hair,’ but in 1999 Bruce Willis still had some hair at least 🙂 . Haley Joel Osment was a great choice as well; who doesn’t remember the sentence ‘I see dead people’ which he said clutching the blankets under his chin, tears filling his eyes?
Even though it is classified as ‘drama, mystery, thriller’ (on IMDb) I think there are some horror aspects as well. In particular when the boy meets a dead boy, who’s back of his head is blown of and the sick girl who produces a large amount of vomit the first time he sees her. For unsuspecting viewers this may have been a bit disturbing.
When I read the script of the movie I found they stuck to the script very well. There were a lot of ‘beats’ placed in the script, which I hadn’t seen before (although I must admit I haven’t read a lot of scripts yet). Beats can have a lot of meanings in filming, but here it just means ‘pause.’ The script, by M. Night Shyamalan, doesn’t leave a lot of imagination for the actors; it states exactly what they should do. Every pause, every intake of breath, and every tear welling up are noted.
The music is well chosen and adds to the movie’s scariness and drama. It’s not too distracting, but also doesn’t have a specific tune that brings back memories to the movie.
When you really start thinking about the whole situation Malcolm is in, it is of course a totally unbelievable movie. Even if dead people could be seen by some as ghosts, who can life with a wife and not realise she totally ignores you. I mean, they had a good relationship and all of a sudden he doesn’t tough her at all? But, like with all movies, you have to take that with a grain of salt.
All in all a good movie, I give it a 9/10.