M. Night the Baptist
Lady in the Water
Review by Ross Anthony

I liked it. There were problems, the story wasnt exactly watertight. Yikes, sorry about that pun. But I liked it. It has a beautiful warm heart. Im increasingly appreciating that in films, heck if I dont hope we all are. I do hope that. Hope.

And as you probably know by now, Im a huge Paul Giamatti fan he rocks here. Hes all over this film. Its more his than the Lady in the Water even more than M. Knight. Speaking of whom, M makes more than his usual cameo in this picture. I was surprised at first by that, but it makes perfect sense as much sense as the pairing of a story with its writer.

About the only thing that bothered me, besides the contrivances here and there and the claustrophobia (its all shot at an apartment complex), is the evil incarnate. Just that the evil looks like so many evil incarnates weve seen before. That and though the ending worked on the emotional level, I think the visuals could have been done better missed a chance to be awe-inspiring.

But, I can live with that. The films heart is so rich and pure and inspirational. I can live with a red-eyed wolf evil incarnate and a missed visual opportunity.

I liked this film and, at first, wondered why it was so chewed to pieces by so many critics. But eventually, it makes sense, the film itself more than pokes fun at critics. And for that reason, I liked it all the more.

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  • Lady in the Water. Copyright © 2006.
  • Starring Paul Giamatti, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jeffrey Wright, Bob Balaban, Sarita Choudhury, Cindy Cheung, M. Night Shyamalan, Freddy Rodriguez, Bill Irwin, Mary Beth Hurt, Noah Gray-Cabey.
  • Directed by M. Night Shyamalan.
  • Screenplay by M. Night Shyamalan.
  • Produced by Sam Mercer, M. Night Shyamalan at Warner /Legendary/Blinding Edge.

Grade..........................A- (3/4)

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