Lady in the Water
Writer-Director M. Night Shyamalan returns with a fantasy-thriller based on a bedtime story he often told his children (I hope they weren’t too messed up) entitled, Lady in the Water. Building superintendent Cleveland Heep (Paul Giamatti) rescues a girl named Story (Bryce Dallas Howard) from the pool at his apartment complex. He learns Story is a “Narf” and a character from a bedtime story on a dangerous journey back to her world. (Sounds weird but just wait.) An old Chinese woman who is a tenant in his building, tells Cleveland that this fable has been handed-down for generations in her country. She also describes the different characters and the danger that will come. Cleveland and several other residents join together to protect Story from the wolf-like creature who is trying to keep her from returning to her world. A unique and creative film with a multi-layered theme that isn’t boring, this is a much lighter Shyamalan film than we’re used to going all the way back to his first big movie, The Sixth sense. (I’m still jealous that the little boy in The Sixth Sense had six senses and I only have four.) Paul Giamatti’s performance is perfect and we just might see him at the Academy Awards next year. Besides being a little weird, (I think I mentioned something like that earlier) one problem with this film is that there are too many characters making it even more confusing. One of the characters is played by Shyamalan himself and another is a movie critic but he wasn’t blind – I missed my big break once again. This film is definitely not for everyone, but I enjoyed it and I’m giving it a B rating.
This movie has been given a PG-13 rating by the MPAA
Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.