Do you remember when director M. Night Shyamalan could do no wrong? It seems like such a long time ago, doesn’t it? The Sixth Sense was a legitimately great movie, and Unbreakable was a strong take on a superhero movie before superhero movies were common! Signs was…alright.
So, where did it all go south for Shyamalan? Was it the reveal of The Village? Was it Shyamalan’s overreliance on twist endings? Or could it be the way that Shyamalan cast himself as a writer destined to shape the world with his ideas in Lady in Water?
The newest Honest Trailer points an accusatory finger at The Happening, Shyamalan’s 2008 film in which mankind faces an extinction level event…because of the plants and trees. The Happening star Mark Wahlberg put it best in an interview from 2010. “It was a really bad movie… F— it. It is what it is. F—ing trees, man. The plants. F— it. You can’t blame me for not wanting to try to play a science teacher. At least I wasn’t playing a cop or a crook.”
This week’s HT has an instant classic line: “Mark Wahlberg delivers a Donnie Wahlberg level performance as Elliot Moore, a science teacher with one facial expression.” As amusing as that line is, it’s still an insult to Donnie Wahlberg. Therefore, we propose a slight change to the line: ““Mark Wahlberg delivers a Transformers: Age of Extinction level performance.” Seriously though, can you tell the Mark Wahlberg characters apart in those movies?
Future New Girl star Zooey Deschanel co-starred in The Happening as Wahlberg’s onscreen wife, and the woodenness of her performance is gleefully pointed out in the Honest Trailer. And as mentioned in the HT itself, The Happening may be one of the best comedies of 2008. Unfortunately, it was trying to be a horror movie.
Movie fans, do you agree with Honest Trailers’ take on The Happening? Cut down the trees and share your opinions below!