My friend would argue that there is no meaning in The Happening. But a lot of people are stumbling over my little blog looking for the meaning. They want to know JM! (You can also check out my later post in which I talk about the boldness of directors like Shyamalan, and I continue to do some dissecting of this film.)
The reasoning for the events are given to us in the first ten minutes of the movie and repeated again later. The talk of the bees becomes a larger metaphor for the reaction of the foliage. The reason is…unexplainable. An act of nature. Sure people can point fingers, but they’re all just guessing. In many ways this movie is the same thing; we can guess and assume what Shyamalan is up to or why he chose to tell this story in this fashion, but when it comes down to it, none of us will ever really know.
Now, what it seems like he’s up to…in basic terms, he’s telling us to go green. To take care of our environment. And not so much that it will strike back, as it does in the movie, but the idea is that by destroying our environment…we’re killing ourselves. That’s how it works.
The movie goes through a lot of diversions to get to this point and the violence perhaps parallels the violence that we’re doing to the world around us…perhaps. The old lady…I still have no idea! Maybe she’s analogous to the types of people that are living blindly and ignoring the fact that our environment is falling to pieces (according to Shyamalan). And they get angry whenever you try to tell them otherwise. Real angry. The doll…still no idea.
This is one way to look at it…though I doubt that there are many other ways.