My boyfriend and I, like many other people right now, are part way through watching the sci fi series, Stranger Things on Netflix (more on that next week once we're done watching).
I'm not a great science fiction lover but I will give it a try every now and then and since that's the kind of thing we've been watching of late we thought we would give the M. Night Shyamalan movie Signs (2002) a watch.
I had seen this once before but it has been well over a decade now so I really only remembered the bare bones of the piece.
The first time I saw this, I remember being heartily disappointed that there wasn't some wonderful Shyamalan style twist and that the movie, was in fact, about aliens.
Watching this again, I still think it could be a stronger film without the alien invasion but I think that's really just personal preference talking.
For anyone unfamiliar, the movie revolves around a ex-priest, Graham (Mel Gibson), his ex-professional baseballer brother, Merrill (Joaquin Phoenix) and his two children Morgan (Rory Culkin) and Bo (Abigail Breslin). The children's mother has died previous to the films opening and is the reason for Graham's loss of faith.
The family live on a farm, complete with crops wherein a crop circle appears during the opening scenes. This is the beginning of a worldwide panic and we go on from there.
While I admit to not being overly fond of the alien motif, I did find the family dynamics and the character arcs appealing. The performances from the then child actors, Rory Culkin and Abigail Breslin are also fantastic draw cards with both performing far beyond their years.
Not a favourite film but an enjoyable one. Definitely one to try if you are a science fiction fan and one to watch with your resident science fiction fan if you aren't.