Over at Ace of Spades. I did not realize that The Sixth Sense would have been the #1 film that year were it not for Star Wars. I haven’t seen it in forever, but I have a feeling I wouldn’t dislike it on rewatch (my favorite film from that year, however, remains Fight Club).
And, here’s the thing, with the Big Twist out of the way, it’s actually a much better movie. (How’s that for a twist!)
The build up to the twist—the sleight-of-hand that prevents you from seeing it—is actually sort of rickety. I remember someone complaining at the time that there are a lot of odd tropes abused by The Sixth Sense that (if you don’t overlook them) make it seem like you’re watching a very sloppy film. And I remember when I saw it the first time, I was like, “Huh. That was odd. That doesn’t make much sense. Why is that happening?” And I did overlook them and so was pleasantly duped.
I’ve always thought that movies work better when you let yourself get pulled into them. Your mileage may vary, but read the whole thing.