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Lady In The Water

Lady In The Water is the most recent film by director M. Night Shyamalan. It stars Paul Giamatti and Bryce Dallas Howard. When this movie hit theaters, critics and reviewers were quick to pan it, and it was not a success at the box office. Honestly, I don't understand what all the ill will toward the movie was about. I enjoyed the movie--it pulls the viewer in to the story and doesn't let go until the end.

The movie is based on a bedtime story the director told his children and the movie itself feels like a bedtime story with its weird creatures, fantastical journey and archetypal characters. The odd camera angles and scene compositions add to the strangeness and mystery of the story in which the superintendent of an apartment building finds a sea nymph living in his building's pool. He is forced to band together with an unlikely group of tenants to protect this sea nympth from sinisterly scary creatures and help her find her way home. However, he must first find the right tenants for thier pre-destined roles that are vital to successfully getting the sea nympth home.

Ultimately, this movie is a weird fairy tale/bedtime story with a touch of humor and thrills. It is different from Shyamalan's other work, but it doesn't disappoint. If you enjoyed his other films, you will enjoy this one. This movie is available in the DVD section at the Matthews Public Library. I hope you'll check it out the next time you're in the library.

--Reviewed by Ms. Angie


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