Fifteen years ago I walked out of a movie that overjoyed me in a way that very few movies have. I felt I had heard a unique cinematic voice, one that I would follow wherever that writer/director went. That film was The Sixth Sense and the writer/director was M. Night Shyamalan.
Sadly, things didn’t quite pan out the way I expected. His next films (Unbreakable, Signs and The Village) were great but Lady In The Water worked on some levels and sank in others. I thought The Happening was terrible in every way and there’s nothing about The Last Airbender or After Earth that excites me enough to even watch them. Having said all that – I’m energized by the prospect of Labor of Love, his next film, which will see him reunite with Bruce Willis, the star of The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable.
Here’s the dope from Deadline:
“In Labor Of Love, Willis will play a Philadelphia book store owner who loses the love of his life in a tragic accident. Never big on words, he becomes haunted by the notion that he never properly told his wife how much he loved her. Since she once asked if he would walk across the country for her, he decides to show her posthumously just how much he did love her. That trek starts from Philadelphia to Pacifica, CA, which was her favorite place.”
Ironically, this is something of a Labor of Love for the writer/director – it’s one of the first films he ever sold, back in 1993 and apparently he’s been itching to get it made for years. This could be s creative last stand for Shyamalan – he’s become something of a Hollywood joke, and it’s sad to see that happen to a man with so much talent. He did sterling stuff with Willis on The Sixth Sense (possibly getting his finest performance) and I hope this one is great. Really great.