Monday, July 24, 2006

Lady in the Water

Ok, first off, when did movies start costing 10 dollars??? No wonder no one goes to the movies! (As you can see, it's been awhile since I'd been) Who can afford that?

I went to see M. Night Shyamalan's newest film, Lady in the Water, this weekend. I should pause here and say I'm a bit of a fangirl, I've loved all of his films, even The Village. (maybe especially The Village) This one was no different. In general terms, it's a tender story, that beautifully portrays the necessity of community and purpose. For me, it was never boring, I was never confused, and it's really funny.

The critics think Night is an egomaniac, but I just don't get it. So he wanted to make this movie his way. It's his creation. I wholeheartedly believe in that. There are too many people these days interfering with art in order to make it commercial. Record labels. Publishers. Film companies. They twist and change a creation in order to make it sell. That's their business. I get it. It feeds the hungry mouths at home. But as someone who creates ( I write) I fully understand not wanting to surrender your creative control over something. Also, I had no problem with him playing such a huge role in the movie. Maybe it's because I'm female and he's easy on the eyes. His acting was fine. I think it's cool, in a way, that he cast himself as the writer who will change the world. If you don't believe your work has power, why even bother? And I had no problem with the death of the film critic either. I totally got that. When you labor to create something, when you have vision for it, and there are those who rip it to shreds because it doesn't fit in their world or their expectations? M. Night Shyamalan is one of the few who attempts new and creative things in Hollywood.
It wasn't my favorite of his movies. But I really liked it. Because ultimately it was an entertaining story, about more than met the eye, that touched me by the end. And that's a lot more than I get from most films.

With movies so ridiculously expensive, I'll be spending my pennies on the insanely talented like Shyamalan and Tyler Perry. I'm sure there are others, but honestly, I can't think of a single movie coming out I'm looking forward to. (except Tyler Perry's Daddy's Little Girl in February)

Ok that was my rant, I'm sure not everyone will agree with me, but whatever.


kathryn said...

i'd like to see Lady in the Water -i've seen all his other films too. I heard bad reviews for this, but I will see it any way.

Mindy said...

Ithink that the reason that movies like Pirates gross unbelievable amounts of cash is that movies cost so freakin' much now! Didn't see Pirates, will wait for the dollar theater.

dying to see Lady!

(eliminate articles day)

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