Lady in the Water: M. Night Syamalan’s a Genius!
Posted by honestpoet on April 1, 2008
We finally watched this movie. It was incredible! We looked up the writer/director/producer on wikipedia (discovering that he also played one of the characters), and I was saddened but not surprised to read of the negative critical response (as well as disappointing box-office figures) that it received. We all thought the movie was amazing.
I suppose I’m not surprised. That which is truly good is seldom well received by either the establishment or the masses. (I’m sure his treatment of the film-critic character in the movie didn’t help his standing with the film critics, but it sure had all of us rolling in our seats, laughing.) But I think the movie is perfect and Mr. Syamalan is a genius. It’s recursive, and funny (not just the part with the film critic), and just scary enough to be exciting, but not tediously so (like *I am Legend,* which we watched recently and had to take breaks from, as the tension was making me and my daughter nearly ill). And it was uplifting. Just magic. That’s what movies are supposed to be like.