Posted on 4/13/07 08:51 PM
A man suffering from a terrible stutter, a lady who comes to the land from living in the bottom of a apartment swimming pool and a man who calls what he is doing to his body ?science? as he builds up only one side of his body. Shyamalan? films appear to be getting stranger and stranger.
Lady in the Water stars Paul Giamatti as ?Cleveland? a widowed handyman of an apartment block, suffering from a significant stutter. On a mission to find out who is using the pool at night and clogging the filter with long red hair, one night he is out inspecting the area when he catches a glimpse of a woman come out of the water and take something off a poolside seat.
Cleveland slips over scrambling to catch the lady in the water, falls into the water and is knocked unconscious; he is rescued by the lady in the water and taken to safety inside his apartment. This is where the film gets interestingly weird. The girl is known as a ?Narf? named ?Story? in a nursery time tale type of theme, Story is the fantasy character who has to be protected by a group of people against a evil beast that has grass on its back so you cant see it? yeah I know! To see the monster you must use a mirror and face the other way looking for the beady red eyes of the frightening looking beast, named a ?Scrunt?.
Story is not able to return to her world without a group of people; the way Cleveland finds out all of this information is from and elderly Asian lady living in an apartment with her daughter, her hostility towards Cleveland is odd, having him need to act like an adolescent so she will tell him the rest of this story through her translating daughter.
Who in the world would find this story of a water girl named ?Story? and a pre-gathered group of people all living in an apartment block for the same reason without actually knowing, interesting? All based around the thought of things happen for a reason, they are there for this purpose? we can only hope that our own lives will be more exciting and meaningful.
What Shyamalan is trying to achieve with this film I?m not entirely sure, but I?m sure of one thing, this movie is certainly not one of his best, certainly not one to remember him by.