Somebody has seen an early screening of M. Night Shyamalan's Lady in the Water and, unlike the early hype, claims that this film is one of his best.
Lady in the Water Review
If there is one thing that is for certain it is that director M. Night Shyamalan is due. After shocking audiences with The Sixth Sense, the fantasy director immediately began to slide down a slippery slope with worse and worse films. I am not saying any were necessarily bad, but they sure didn't live up to the film that made him huge.
So now we have a 'bedtime story' from Shyamalan that he supposedly conceived for his own children. Though the early hype mentioned that the director may still be slipping, the first full report over at Joblo says otherwise.
LADY IN THE WATER is a movie as much about reconnecting with our childhood as it is about narfs, scrunts (villainous wolf creatures that arrive to capture the narf) and other fantastical creatures. It's M. Night Shyamalan’s latest movie and one of his best.
When was the last time we had a great fantasy film to watch? It’s been quite some time since we’ve seen something pull of something that resides so deeply in that genre work so well. LADY IN THE WATER is the best film of its kind since THE PRINCESS BRIDE; another fantasy movie that, coincidentally, also begins with a bedtime story and deals with many of the same themes.
Any time you read an early review for an M. Night Shyamalan film you have to be wary of spoilers. Though the Joblo report does not give any twists away, some of the details might tip you off.
Lady in the Water comes to theatres on July 21st, 2006.