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The Lady is in deep shit.   —   Horror Movies

M. Night Shyamalan's new movie, Lady in the Water, isn't fairing well with the critics. Out of 81 reviews so far on Rotten Tomatoes, only 19 people thought it was good. But even the "fresh" reviews aren't too glowing. Words like "watchable", and "punishment" have somehow made it into positive reviews making them somehow feel like words of mercy rather than insults. I am still hopeful for this film and even now I'm encouraging my expectations and anticipation to take the day off. I'd like to go in with a fresh mind and allow the movie to reveal itself to me in the way that the director intended. I think I have a better chance at liking this movie than most, with "Signs" and "The Village" being two of my favorite movies to come of out the past five years, it seems unwise to read negative reviews especially from a critic who, in the course of slamming Shyamalan's creative abilities, mentions that Signs was a "misfire" and The Village was "a raging bore".

I'll be seeing Lady in the Water sometime this evening and after I've had some time to digest it I'll throw up a quick non-spoiler post of my thoughts on the film. In the meantime, read this snippet from an interview with M. Night Shyamalan.

Interviewer: "I've heard you say this movie (Lady in the Water) was risky for you to make. What was it that made it so risky?"

M. Night Shyamalan: "It was kind of an idea that I believed in, and an approach that I needed to have to make that idea the way I wanted to, and the approach is what made is risky. The approach was kind of a free-form approach, I wanted to be almost improvisational in the writing of it, improvisational in the casting and the in the way we make it, it was a raw dangerous point of view. So the approach made it risky. There was a lot of rules that I broke in the making of it, that you're just not supposed to do. But it wasn't to break to the rules, it was to create an atmosphere of letting go. Letting go creatively, and for the actors, and in the characters, and in the story, so that there was something new at the end of it. If you just let go of everything you force yourself to think differently, you force your brain to work differently, and people are hesitant about those things."

Interviewer: "Do you think Lady in the Water will be successful?"

M. Night: "It doesn't matter."

Posted 7.21.2006 10:46:12 AM

Cristina Lynn+Jones wrote:
oo that's awesome! He sounds very wise. I can't wait to see that movie, i want to see what you have to say about it. It looks good!
Posted 7/22/2006 11:29:42 AM
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