As usual, someone who saw one of the first screenings of an eagerly anticipated (in some circles, anyway) movie got home and immediately banged out a report for the kids at AICN. In this case, the film in question is M. Night Shyamalan's Lady in the Water, starring Bryce Dallas Howard and Paul Giamatti. For those of you interested in the film, the report is essential reading - and it's one of the most thoughtful, well-written reviews I've ever read at AICN. Though the writer isn't a fan of the film, he/she breaks down and explains the reasons very convincingly. (Put another way, it's nothing like the RATNER SUCKS AND RUINED X3! rants that have been known to show up there from, um, time to time.)

As usual, if you don't want to be spoiled, don't click the link. In sum, though, at this early stage the film is incredibly disappointing in a lot of ways, from weak writing to stereotyped characters and a lack of subtlety. In others words, "For those fans of Shyamalan who were highly disappointed [by] The Village, there is no respite to be found here, no return to form as an engineer of lean, mean thrillers with heart."
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