Lady in the Water Review

Yesterday Joe and Jessica and I went to see Lady in the Water. I am glad I hadn't read any reviews before I went because they were awful. I, however, really liked the movie. I liked the elements of fantasy, myth and reality crashing against one another. It's deeply philosophical, perhaps a bit heavy handed at times. That's one of the biggest complaints of the critics, that it tries too hard. There are some very humorous moments, despite the sadness. But perhaps modern audiences don't want their films to be intellectual. Many of the reviews I read made fun of Shyamalan's attempt to enlighten his audiences, to speak about the human condition. "Lady in the Water" is more than a postmodern fairy tale or bedtime story. It's part fable, part mystery, part poking fun at audience expectations. Paul Giamatti plays Cleveland Heep with such heartbreaking poignance, it hurts. For me, the film entranced me. I forgot about waiting for twists so much so I almost missed a few of them. Shyamalan's film is subtle and nuanced. Not exactly what summer movie audiences are looking for.

I'd be interested to see what others have thought of the film. I could be feeling particularly idealistic today.