M. Night Shyamalan writes and directs this self-proclaimed, grown-up "bedtime story" about an apartment building superintendent named Cleveland (Paul Giamatti) who discovers a magical sea-nymph named Story (Bryce Dallas Howard) who's been transported to this world and is living in the building's own swimming pool. As this bizarre revelation sinks in, Cleveland becomes enraptured by her other-worldly charm. As he shelters her in his apartment, other inhabitants of the building begin falling into place as representations of characters from an Eastern myth in which these mermaids, or "narfs," co-exist unhappily with more beastly and violent characters. In human reality, the forces of darkness that threaten the heroes of a fairy tale prove to be much more terrifying, and the victory of good over evil is by no means guaranteed. Jeffery Wright, Jared Harris and Mary Beth Hurt co-star, as well as Shyamalan himself, playing the visionary writer Vick. ~ Cammila Collar, Rovi
I love this movie, considered M Night's worst? It's really quite a lovely fairytale. The acting as everyone, even those who don't like like the movie, agree is wonderful. Loved seeing Paul Giamatti leading the cast.
Where to begin? We are supposed to believe that "narfs" and "scrunts" are creatures from traditional Korean fairytales (sound Korean to you? More like Pinky & the Brainian...). There's some vague excuse about loud parties keeping the monster away - huh?
The monster is called a "J. G. scrunt" - possibly a mistake in the subtitles, but the "J G" part is never explained.
The plotline keeps promising to go somewhere, and the fine cast of actors really tries to help (Paul Giamatti is wonderful; Bryce Dallas-Howard really engages, although she only has about 3 lines of dialogue). But ultimately, they can't save the movie from the director/producer/writer/costar (and probably key grip), M. Night Shyamalan.
The DVD extras are even worse: "Auditions" is *literally* mostly shots of actors retching for the party scene. Glad you included that, M.
Worst movie I ever watched hands down!!! Although well acted, even the actors feel uncomfortable saying many of there lines. The start of the movie tells a story, with stick figures, how the water people and the land people become separated. The water people need to come back and save the land people. Sounded dumb, but I stayed and watched. Do not do that!!! You will never get that hour and a half back in your life.
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