Friday, August 04, 2006

Movie Review - Lady in the Water

We all know what Night Shyamalan has been trying to do over the past few movies. He has always attempted to take a contemporary popular movie making concept and then tone it down and apply it to his surroundings.... (ie) Philadelphia...

His Unbreakable was his take on all the superhero movies... what will happen if a superhero was one of us?
His signs, was a take on what normal people... (not F16 fighter pilots and US Presidents)... would do when attacked by aliens
His Village was slightly different I agree. The overlap with 'LitW' were only Bryce Dallas Howard and the media whoric boom mic

Lady in the Water is a modern day take on about LOTR and what would happen if a normal guy was entrusted with a Frodo Baggins kind of responsibility.

He has to help a 'narph' from the 'Blue World', inspire someone on earth and then return to her world. The hero has to save the 'narph' from these things called Scrunts - a wolf like creature made of grass. And oh, BTW scrunts are frightened of Tartutics - monkey like creature made of grass. And then there is a guild of seven, a healer, a Symbolist and a Guardian recruited by the saviour, to save Story (The Narph), and facilitate her to get carried away by a giant eagle. Hence... THE END. Did you get the idea? Congratulations...

The selection of the guild goes on for half the movie and seems to be based on Affirmative Action. Each one thats selected, has a purpose in this world and apparently to some, it is to stare at the scrunt in the eye and to go around carrying broom sticks... for some it is weirder... they read symbols from cereal boxes. One person just has to die... apparently that is his purpose of living... to die... OH !!!

The problem with this movie is that with all these made up stories and characters, Shyamalan runs the risk of sounding a tad too self involved and hence phrenelogical. Also, he cannot act. The movie is amateurish attempt of a seemingly self important person who had too much money and time in his hands. I do not think it is worth wasting your matinee on this even if you are a software engineer warming the benches in a services company. Thank you.

3 comments:

Sankar said...

dai, from what i get from ur review, it looks like the movie is total rejet. good that you saved me 50rs for a dvd...

Escape.... Great Escape said...

I am not sure even Peps would want to watch it da.. its a kids story made for an adult. Is not very interesting.

iyengarkatz said...

loori,

i see you only communicate through your blog!! is there an email id which you currently use and check??

karthik