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the reviewers are wrong

Original post made by Claire, South of Midtown, on Jul 23, 2006

My expectations were so low because of the poor reviews of "Lady in the Water," but I LOVED the movie. It was exciting, actually had no real violence or gore, and Shyamalan finally took acting lessons. Yeah, it had flaws, but I had a great time.

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Posted by Dana
a resident of Stanford
on Jul 24, 2006 at 12:04 pm

I loved "Lady in the Water" for its fairy-tale like qualities. It's an inspirational film about the power of narrative to unite mankind towards a common purpose. From the working class multicultural apartment dwellers who eagerly step into the characters from a far-fetched ancient Chinese bedtime story, to the otherworldliness of "Story" herself, to the satisfying revenge visited upon the arrogant movie critic, "Lady in the Water" draws you into its world the way a traditional storyteller might. Those who heap scorn upon it are being unfair; this movie is not supposed to fit the generic standards we associate with horror. It is more delicate than that.


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Posted by Danny
a resident of Menlo Park
on Jul 24, 2006 at 4:30 pm

These thoughtful comments make me want to see the film despite not being a fan of Shyamalan, whom I think is arrogant to place "M. Night Syamalan's" this or that ahead of every title he directs. After all, we don't see "Steven Spielberg's Saving Private Ryan" or "Martin Scorsese's The Aviator", and they are both far more accomplished filmmakers. Glad to hear "Lady in the Water" is a worthwhile viewing though.

Now, if only Shyamalan could get over himself and just focus on the storytelling like other good filmmakers.