Sunday, April 01, 2007

The Lady in the Water

Isn't Bryce Dallas Howard's beauty so very spooky? She really does look like she's from a different world, like Tilda Swinton (who played the White Witch in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, among other roles). Perhaps it's a "ginger" thing.

Unlike M. Night Shyamalan's other films I've seen, there's no enormous twist at the end of this fairy tale. But that didn't make it any less enjoyable for me.

It's a neat little fairy tale about a water nymph who's been sent to save the world. All she has to do is be seen by the right person, who will then set in motion events which will change the world for the better. But there's a big green warg-like creature whose sole aim is to destroy her, whether she accomplishes her mission or not. Can the quirky inhabitants of the condominium, under whose swimming pool she's been living, save her?

And quirky is really the best word to describe the bunch of misfits who're her designated saviours. Like the young man who is intentionally working out only the right side of his body, the stuttering janitor with a tragic past, the Asian university student who looks like a Thai bar girl and the man whose every digestive embarrassment is fodder for his wife's chit-chat.

4 comments:

Angela said...

Sounds like a fun disaster

Determinist said...

This was a really good movie - I liked it a lot.

When I went looking around for reviews (after I'd seen it), I was stunned that they were all so negative.

The logic was about the character that M. Night Shyamalan and how he's trying to say something about his own writing. My reply, "So - if it was any other actor, you would have liked the movie? Can you just take it at face value? Sheesh!"

I liked it a lot. It can be enjoyed on many levels as well, with lots of layers.

Violet said...

Angela: Yeah it had a lot of funny moments.

determinist: I'd seen the negative reviews too, which was why I'd hesitated about seeing it. I think if Shyamalan had chosen an actor who didn't so obviously look like him, to play the writer, then it wouldn't have looked so much as though he was trying to claim that his own writing is profound and life-changing. He brought it on himself really.

onscreen said...

Flippin great movie - movie critics be damned! (or killed off halfway through).

Looking forward to his next movie, that seems to be taking the idea of fables even further.