Apartment building superintendent Cleveland Heep rescues what he thinks is a young woman from the complex swimming pool he maintains, when he discovers that she’s actually a character from a bedtime story who is trying to make the journey back to her home.
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Only once we cast aside our self-doubt and insecurities, embrace our naivety and stand truly naked and vulnerable, can we aid Story's ascension into the heavens. Shyamalan's third masterpiece and his most uplifting film. Its improvisational, messy-by-design structure evokes a bedtime story, and like a great one, it has stuck with me. I can't help but wonder if a jazzier score would've underlined that for the masses.
An incredibly unpopular film, and yet one that offered exactly what I was looking for when I first saw it back in August. For me, this was life-affirming stuff, and temporarily brought me out of a very bleak depression. The message of this film is overwhelmingly positive and made me realise that my own feelings of worthlessness and negativity could be channelled into something affirmative, rather than destructive.
This is one of my favorite movies of the 2000s. I guess it wasn't for everyone, but as evidenced by a few, it was most certainly for them. Refraining from hyperbolic and condescending bashing would be appreciated.
M. Night Shyamalan is an American auteur who deserves my utmost respect. Like Orson Welles and Jerry Lewis, he is despised by those who believe to know best. 'Lady in the Water' is no masterpiece but it's got a heart. Recommended.
Shyamalan's most overtly sentimental work to date is a heartfelt paean to the healing and aggregative power of storytelling, illustrating how it can inspire change both in personal and communal levels.
Bryce Dallas Howard has an angelic supernatural quality to herself that makes her believable as something "out of this world" and I love the excellent set-up and introduction to the movie making one hope this is one of the director's better works, but sadly the film never manage to build up any suspense after it's setup. Film is unsure if it wants to be a cute fantasy movie, comedy or a thriller lacking a direction.
Come sempre Shyamalan combatte contro sé stesso. Il suo lato creativo sforna spesso dei soggetti filmici meravigliosi, per trovarsi poi a combattere con il suo Io cineasta tecnico e questo film ne è la prova più esemplare. La storia, di per sé intrigante, viene schiacciata sotto il peso di leggerezze registiche, eventi al limite dell'idiozia e tentativi falliti di comicità, per poi morire in un finale biasimevole.