Thursday, July 10, 2008

M. Night Shyamalan's "Lady In The Water"

Lady In The Water

I am not going to pretend, mainly because there is no reason to. I LOVE THIS MOVIE! Some people were not thrilled with M. Night Shyamalan’s summer installment of 2006, but I was. Here’s why.
I am a writer. Anyone who is a writer, or truly loves the written word, will see the beauty of this movie. It’s a bedtime story. Who doesn’t love a good bedtime story?***

Actually, this is a bedtime story within a bedtime story. Using the fairytale-epic-bedtime story formula, Shyamalan takes us into a world that is familiar to all of us and shows us, through this ordinary world, that it is not only okay to enjoy a bedtime story, but on some level, it’s okay to believe in the magic of them.
Shyamalan artfully takes the little everyday things like lumps in the lawn, sprinklers going off when they shouldn’t, odd neighbors, and the things that go bump in the night, and weaves them into a beautiful story that encourages you, not necessarily to believe, but to not be afraid to believe. That is the subtle moral of the story.
The other not so subtle moral of this story is profound and fully relatable to anyone who ever asked the question, “Why am I here?”

It is simply this:

1. Find your purpose.

2. Don’t fight your purpose.

3. Fulfill your purpose.

It may not look like your role in life is big, but in combination with the people and events in your life, your part is critical, and the story cannot have a happy ending without everyone playing their part.
In essence, this movie says that we are all necessary. In a time where all of our favorite movies seem to be about pirates, superheroes, people with guns as body parts, carnage, body counts, and slapstick, it is nice to sit and watch a movie that suspends reality and embraces it all at once. And in true M. Night Shyamalan style, he manages to surprise us, make us laugh, and make us hold our breath. And when it is all over, you breathe again, you have a little knowing smile on your face, and you are thinking.
If you wonder what it is you will be thinking about…well, then you best watch the movie.
***(If you answered “I don’t”, get off my blog page.)
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