Lady in the Water (2006)
110 min – Fantasy | Mystery | Thriller
Apartment building superintendent Cleveland Heep rescues what he thinks is a young woman from the pool he maintains. When he discovers that she is actually a character from a bedtime story who is trying to make the journey back to her home, he works with his tenants to protect his new friend from the creatures that are determined to keep her in our world.
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Writer: M. Night Shyamalan
Stars: Paul Giamatti, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jeffrey Wright, Bob Balaban, Bill Irwin, small role for Jared Harris
Story based on a bedtime story that M. Night Shyamalan wrote for his children. It was published as a children’s book, and released on the same day as the film.
For me, this story is one of hope. Hope that people—ordinary people—with nothing in common, can come together and accomplish something good without demanding anything in return. We meet the do-nothings, the do-gooder, the angry lady, the sad “has been”, the man who wants to hide, and the man who does hide. One of the best characters is the young lady who acts like she doesn’t care and just wants to party, yet she helps the landlord with books, translates for her mom, and is pivotal to the whole story. As with all fairy tales, there is mystery, suspense, evil, laughter, hope, and a happy ending. What more could you ask for? I enjoyed this movie and recommend it.