Scrivener Posted July 25, 2006 Report Share Posted July 25, 2006 I heard the stories and went in with an open mind, thinking "Well, I really liked The Village - maybe the critics are just over-reacting." As is the case whenever I get a fit of film optimism, I was wrong. So very, very wrong. Lady in the Water is pretentious, egotistical, demeaning, and uninteresting. Essentially, you are paying to watch Shyamalan mentally masturbate onto the audience - and it's positively infuriating. The story thinks it's more intelligent than it's audience, and once you hit the 30 minute mark, the attacks don't stop until it's over. It's really a shame, because there are dozens of great ideas that might have worked as the foundation for a different movie entirely - but instead they've been slapped together haphazardly into a movie whose only moral is a heavy handed "How dare you criticise the story! You're just too dumb to understand it." Now I think Shyamalan is a great director - I love the atmosphere he injects into all of his films. BUT I hope that, after this steaming pile of cinematic ejaculation, he is never allowed to direct one of his own scripts again so long as he lives. Really, unless you're 5 years old you are not going to miss this stuff - it's not even in the subtext. Most of the dialogue in the film is spent discussing the nature of a story, and how the characters fit in, and what it all means. It's not subtle by any stretch of the imagination. Oh yeah, and "durrr" the jaded film critic was wrong all along! Oh, how I didn't see that coming. Wait for the DVD, so you'll only be out $5 for the whole family when you decide the movie is crap. Go see Monster House instead - it's a much smarter, more entertaining "bedtime story." 4/10 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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