Lady in the Water
M. Night Shyamalan
Paul Giamatti, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jeffrey Wright, Bob Balaban
Apartment super Cleveland Heep – another wonderful performance from Giamatti – makes an unusual discovery in the complex swimming pool and we embark on an enjoyable fantasy adventure.
For Story (Howard) is no ordinary girl floating in the water, she is a character from a book, a character from the Blue World with a message for mankind.
And what Heep has to do is keep her safe and help her complete her mission.
With Shyamalan – who bases his film on his own bedtime story written for his children – you know you’re going to get something out of the ordinary (by the way, the talented man also turns up as one of the characters).
We get a thoughtful and charmingly witty story with the message that we deserve – even those of us from books – to be somebody.
It’s a sweet film in a non-cloying way, the way Shyalan makes his films.