'The Happening' Review

'The Happening' Review
An Unintentionally Hilarious Comedy Disguised as a Sci-Fi Thriller

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'The Happening' is a movie that, well, happened. Puns aside, this movie is a bizarre addition to M. Night Shyamalan's directorial career. A career filled with masterpieces, mediocrity and abysmal flops. But out of all the movies in Shyamalan's filmography, this has to be one of the most fascinating to watch. Given it was intended to be a scary science-fiction thriller, with the final product more leaning towards an often hilarious comedy. 'The Happening' follows science teacher Elliot Moore, his distant wife Alma and their friend's daughter Jess as they travel West when a toxin is let out in the air on the East coast that makes the infected kill themselves. This movie is notorious for its bizarre dialogue an even more bizarre delivery of said dialogue. Moments with Mark Walhberg's Elliot either calming talking to a plastic tree or telling one of his science student that their face is perfect are hysterical. These lines make you wonder whether M. Night lacks the self-awareness to see how awful and funny this movie is or he sneakily meant to make a comedy. 'The Happening' suffers from a lot of flaws, including but limited to egregious flaws are the distasteful death sequences, the jarring tonal shifts, scenes that are rendered to filler, weird performances from the cast and frustrating ending, but with all that said and done, it is still a thoroughly entertaining and interesting movie to watch ironically with friends or by yourself. The tip to enjoy this movie is by not taking it seriously and just have fun with the absurdity and lunacy being shown on-screen. With hilariously bad performances from Mark Walhberg, Zooey Deschanel and John Leguizamo as well as side-splitting dialogue and an outlandish plot, M. Night Shyamalan's 2008 critical flop 'The Happening', a quote-unquote "science-fiction thriller", is easily one of the funniest and most enjoyable "so bad, it's good" movies from the 2000s.

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