September 24th, 2006

The Sixth Sense

Watching The Sixth Sense the second time round, the puzzle element slips into irrelevance. It becomes a movie about people and relationships. A little simplistic and sentimental. We are put on this earth to help one another. 

It rides on three remarkable performances. Haley Joel Osment is extraordinary. Toni Colette is wonderfully natural and affecting.  And Bruce Willis is a revelation; who'd have guessed he was capable of this degree of subtlety?

It belongs in a tradition of stories about guardian angels and spirit guides- reaching back through It's A Wonderful Life and A Christmas Carol to folk tales like Cinderella.