Friday, August 04, 2006

Lady in the Water

One thing you cannot say about M. Night Shyamalan is that he is afraid to take risks. In the movie industry the common thing to do is to find a theme that works and re-dublicate it a dozen times. A good theme produces a number of blockbuster hits, and reels in the money for production companies. But such a practice leaves us, the viewers, with little new experiences, as the same stories are told over and over again. But then along came M. Night Shyamalan, whose directing genius gave us both "The Sixth Sense" and "the Village." Two films with unique stories and amazing twists. Adding to the number of the young director's risk takes is his latest film "Lady in the Water."

"Lady in the Water" is another stand out film. Whether you liked it or not you must confess that it is unique. The film revovles around the interaction of an Eastern myth-come-to-life and the modern world (for all you realists out there, this will not be an enjoyable film for you). I was truly impressed by the story itself. Composing such a fantastic world of imagination in these modernist, rationalistic times is quite a feat. Though it was obviously imbued with a pantehsitic worldview, there is much to be appluaed. As a postmodern film it was very self-concious, even humourous (intentionally so) at times. I think the acting, the cinemotography, the story, and the irony of the film were all marks of brilliant craftsmanship on the part of the director. I am no film critic, but I give it two thumbs up!


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