Lady in the Water (2006) The silver lining for director M. Night Shyamalan? Even Steven Spielberg once made Always . Then again, Spielberg never cast himself in his own film…
DVD Review

Lady in the Water (2006)

SOGGY DRAMA Shyamalan flails, leaving Howard and Giamatti to try to keep their heads above Water
Image credit: Lady in the Water: Frank Masi
SOGGY DRAMA Shyamalan flails, leaving Howard and Giamatti to try to keep their heads above Water

Details Release Date: Dec 19, 2006; DVD Release Date: Dec 19, 2006; Movie Rated: PG-13; Genres: Drama, Mystery and Thriller; With: Paul Giamatti and Bryce Dallas Howard; Distributor: Warner Bros.

The silver lining for director M. Night Shyamalan? Even Steven Spielberg once made Always. Then again, Spielberg never cast himself in his own film as a writer whose work is destined to change the world. And Spielberg never condescended to early doubters, like Shyamalan does in an EXTRA six-part doc: ''Someone reads [the script] and says, 'I don't see it, I don't get it.' And [I] go, 'It's there.''' The ''it'' he was hoping to capture in Lady in the Water was the fairy-tale magic of The Princess Bride, but even an eclectic cast can't salvage this self-indulgent Never-ending Story.

Originally posted Dec 13, 2006 Published in issue #912 Dec 22, 2006 Order article reprints