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Lady in the Water (2006)
Good film, stop criticizing it so harshly.
I was told not to watch this film by many people and so, I passed it by the first time around. Recently, I was told by other people (who have good tastes in films) that I should give it a chance, that it wasn't fantastic, but it was worth a watch because it was original and creative.
Everyone has such high expectations for Shyamalan's work after the huge debut success of Sixth Sense, and I think that is unfair. The Sixth Sense was amazing, but just because it was his most successful film to date doesn't mean that all of his subsequent films should be just as amazing.
Lady in the Water was an entertaining film and an extremely creative story to tell. It may not have had the huge twists everyone expects from a Shyamalan film, but it had many little twists that kept the story fresh and moving along. It was like an ornate puzzle that both we and the characters had to figure out, and discovering which characters took on what roles in the story (Guardian, Guild, Healer, Interpreter) was fun and exciting.
It also had a message that was touching and inspiring, and the storyline with M. Night's role was interesting and touching. Everyone wants to change the world, and in small ways everyone does. Lady in the Water was like a fun fairy tale for adults, but most of the adults who saw it wished it were more sophisticated (like the Sixth Sense!).
Take it for what it is, a fun film with more to offer than big star names and a huge shocking twist at the end. That kind of success only comes once, and after such success, Shyamalan is only doing what he knows, and I applaud him for it.