Give This Movie A Chance
Lady In The Water is one of the best films I have ever seen. The sad thing is that the advertising for this film was handled so badly that most people are expecting a twisted horror film.
In fact, Lady in the Water is a well crafted bedtime story woven through with rich Eastern mythology.
Paul Giamatti gives the performance of a lifetime and Bryce Dallas Howard avoids the pitfalls of over-playing a mythical character. The biggest surprise comes in the form of M. Night Shyamalan showing up as, not a cameo, but as a pivotal character. I had no idea he was able to act so well. The rest of the cast is well rounded and believable.
I will not give away any of the twists and turns of this film. I will tell you this, pay attention! As she was leaving the theatre, I heard a woman ask, "Why did she----(Spoiler)-----?"And I thought to myself, "To know that, you would have had to listen to the beginning of the film."
Finally, a film where paying attention to the plot helped me enjoy it not rip it to shreds.