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    Lady In The Water - a review

    Okay, I am a huge fan of Signs and The Sixth Sense. I think M. Night Shyamalan did amazing work with the horror genre in both films. He breathed new life into a dying breed of movie, giving them something new among all of the cliché-ridden movies that share the genre.

    So, I really wanted to like this movie. I, along with pretty much everyone else, was very disappointed by The Village and I very much wanted the director to redeem himself. He failed. Miserabley. Now, I could see his intentions throughout the entire movie. I knew what he was going for and really, it could have worked very well if it had been done correctly. The biggest problem I saw was that he tried to make it be too many different things at once. It was part fairy tale, part horror, part comedy, part fantasy...it goes on. If he had chosen just one and focused his efforts on it, I think the movie would have been very good. Instead, it ended up being a long-winded, prentious, illogical mess.

    The movie is self-aware in some ways, often mocking itself and its own ridiculous story and explanations. This works in other movies, like Scream, for example. In this one, though, the subject is so outlandish that even the prodding the movie gives itself can't make it forgivable. You have to buy into a lot of insane stuff before you can even begin to get sucked into the story. In some movies, such a leap of faith is easy to make and the movie is thoroughly entertaining. Not many people question the rationality of Star Wars because the movies make their universe believable. Lady In The Water's universe is so confusing and muddled that it's distracting and the viewer spends more time calling it out than getting involved.

    There are times when I found myself laughing and I wasn't sure if I was supposed to or not. The scenes play out as completely serious, but it's hard to believe that anyone could have written such scenes and intended them to be taken seriously. It's impossible not to laugh at dialogue that includes creatures such as narfs and scrunts.

    Ultimately, I would call the movie confusing. It doesn't know what it's supposed to be, so the audience is left even more clueless.
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    Re: Lady In The Water - a review

    so...no one cares?
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    I feel like I've seen the trailer everytime I've been inside a plex this summer--and it didn't turn me on

    Both the Times and the Voice found it pretentious. It's very rare that those 2 papers pan a movie for the same reason.

    I have no desire to see it

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    Re: Lady In The Water - a review

    I figured that the monster would be her since there's lore about mermaids/kelpies being beautiful in water and mosnters when dry.

    But a friend and I read the movie synopsis on movie spoilers and it was really really dumb. Eagles? Protectors? Healers? Please.

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    Re: Lady In The Water - a review

    Quote Originally Posted by doctorsun
    so...no one cares?
    I think most people decided not to see it after the beyond and boring underwhelming previews.
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    I dont want to see it. I was EXTREMELY dissapointed with The Village. And this movie looks too fake from the trailor. Too CGI'd for me. I hate that in movies when you can tell its down that way.

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    the village was a joke of a movie!

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    Re: Lady In The Water - a review

    Thanks for writing the review- it pretty much validates my expectations for this film, which weren't high.

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    Re: Lady In The Water - a review

    Every time I saw the previews for this movie, the more I wanted to stay AWAY from the theater. Is Night the only person who will hire Bryce Dallas Howard? I just don't care.
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    Re: Lady In The Water - a review

    Quote Originally Posted by austexfeet
    Every time I saw the previews for this movie, the more I wanted to stay AWAY from the theater. Is Night the only person who will hire Bryce Dallas Howard? I just don't care.
    She's in Spider-Man 3.
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    I actually liked The Village. Well, I didn't hate it. As for Lady in the Water...I don't know. It looks kind of ridiculous from the trailers alone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kuja
    I actually liked The Village. Well, I didn't hate it. As for Lady in the Water...I don't know. It looks kind of ridiculous from the trailers alone.
    Take that perception of ridiculous and multiply it by 100 to get the actual level of ridiculous in the movie.
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    Re: Lady In The Water - a review

    saw it tonight and than snuck into my super ex-gfriend. now that was cute! really liked that! but for lady in the water i found it very different than what i have seen before. my bf liked it a lot. i found it interesting. i guess i did like it.the main guy who ran the hotel was great. really enjoyed him. i'm tired of the director putting himself in his films.a real actor would have been better. he gave himself the key role! could he be anymore into himself?!

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    Dammit! I was supposed to see My Super Ex-Girlfriend tonight, but my friends cancelled

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    Re: Lady In The Water - a review

    Quote Originally Posted by doctorsun
    It's impossible not to laugh at dialogue that includes creatures such as narfs and scrunts.

    Ultimately, I would call the movie confusing. It doesn't know what it's supposed to be, so the audience is left even more clueless.
    Narfs and Scrunts...sounds like a Harry Potter movie.
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    Re: Lady In The Water - a review

    ...or an episode of Thundercats

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    I saw it with a friend tonight (he's a big Shyamalan fan) and I was really confused. I've seen some of Shyamalan's movies and I can say that he does good work, but this LitW was very talky, in a bad way.Instead of learning about what was going on and seeing some suspense, I got more confused (and bored) about the plot and all the exposition that flew out of the characters mouths. Overall I did'nt get sucked into the plot and therefore I did'nt like it.

    I also heard that Shyamalan got this movie from a story he told his kids. If that's ture then it must've ben a bedtime story cuz I almost fell asleep from watching all that exposition.

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    I didn't have high hopes for "Lady in the Water." Hell, it scored down near 20% at RottenTomatoes.com... but my buddy and I bought tickets for it in the full knowledge we'd have "Clerks II" as backup when we were finished.

    We both loved "Lady in the Water."

    I'm not sure if I'd have the same feeling about it if Clive Barker's fantasy novels like "Abarat" and "Weaveworld" -- plus stuff from other authors like "Six Characters in Search of an Author" and "The Land of Laughs" -- hadn't put me in the frame of mind to enjoy this kind of fantasy tale, but I guess it doesn't matter. I was charmed by it. I liked Paul Giamatti and the rest of the cast, and I thought it was a sweet story. It certainly had more humor than his previous efforts.

    My buddy and I were both a little choked up at the end, and not because we hated the movie and wanted our money back.

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    I LOVE THIS MOVIE!!! It's definitely in my top 5 of the year. I went into this movie having not seen the trailer too much and having not read any reviews. That sure helped a lot. I have a feeling that most of the people who say it sucks only say this because they were expecting another "Sixth Sense." Shyamalan has given himself this reputation for having a shocker of an ending in every movie he makes and when people don't feel shocked, they automatically say it sucked. And not every movie he makes is meant to be this great big mysterious answer to life. Sometimes a story is just simple and nothing more.


    I LOVED THIS MOVIE!!! It has everything, even a great ending.

    P.S. I saw "My Super Ex-Girlfriend" right after "Lady in the Water" and that was ok. It was a cool idea and definitely had its funny moments but a more cheesy ending that "Lady."

    I think I might just see "Lady in the Water" again and I can honestly say it's my favorite Shyamalan movie to date.

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    Several people I work with went to see it this past weekend and everyone of them thought it was a good movie. I never listen to what a movie critic thinks of movies, usually the ones they hate I love.

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    I really like M. Night Shyamalan and I really wanted this movie to be good. I'm glad so many people think it is because I'd hate for his career to end over a couple of bad movies. He's shown such talent in the past with The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, and Signs, and he needs to stop wasting it on movies that are so pretentiously-written and alienating to their audience.
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    we make it seem like for a movie to be good it has to deliver a punch at the end. Yes, they are movies and they're made to entertain but can't a movie just be a nice movie, and a great one at that. Will Shyamalan never be able to make a movie that doesn't have an unbelievable ending. This movie had a happy ending, does that make every fairy tale out there, every Disney movie horrible. Is a happy ending a horrible ending?

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    So if it was supposed to be some simple, pleasent, fairy tale-esque movie like people have been saying, I would shoot his promoters, because the damn trailers made it out to be some kind of mind-fucking suspense fantasy thriller.

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    I agree with you luminum. Sometimes the trailers can be incredibly misleading. Another good example of a misleading trailer is "The Exorcism of Emily Rose." People went in thinking it was gonna be a horror fest when it was more of a serious movie. I loved that one while my friends thought it was funny. Maybe it's just me but when I see movies I try to really escape into their world. That's what's fun about sitting in a theater for two hours, unless it's a horrible movie, as were Just My Luck and Poseidon, which I saw back to back.

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    I think this is M Night Shamalans BEST work yet! The plot was interesting not to mention original, the actors were all great and blended in together amazingly.
    So if it was supposed to be some simple, pleasent, fairy tale-esque movie like people have been saying, I would shoot his promoters, because the damn trailers made it out to be some kind of mind-fucking suspense fantasy thriller.
    And yes this movie was made from a fairytale that he told his children.

    I guess its just about what how you go into the theatre. Seems that everyone that didnt like the movie, mentions that the trailer was misleading... WHICH IT DOESNT!!! They mention shes a nymph, shes from the blue world. What did you expect?!? American audience have bad taste in movies. They go in to watch POS movies like Freddy vs. Jason or The Grudge and bow down to garbage like that.

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    i dont care what u guys think.i watch POTC3,Superman Returns, Poseidon, X-Men3, MI3,film which rob scieneider in it(not sure what the title is.lol).but lady In the Water is da bomb.far better than film i did mention earlier.i think its the mixture of artistic and commercial.n Paul Giamatti did very outstanding job!just like what he did in cinderella man.if he get lucky, maybe he can be nominated for Oscar this year.for once i do think - i like the movie because of the movie itself or Paul Giamatti?lol

    p/s : for those who didnt know who paul giamatti is - he is mr cleveland heep!

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    Quote Originally Posted by luminum View Post
    I would shoot his promoters, because the damn trailers made it out to be some kind of mind-fucking suspense fantasy thriller.
    I guess that's why I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn't, lol.

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    This was the worst, most boring/pointless movie I've EVER seen.

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