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Not Prince Hamlet

"Full of high sentence, but a bit obtuse."

My Early Christmas Present

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Meredith and I took advantage of a free Friday afternoon yesterday to take our two nephews and niece to see The Chronicles of Narnia. They enjoyed it. We enjoyed it. A good time was had by all.

But the real gem o' the outing had nothing to do with Narnia. It had to do with getting to see the first trailer for Lady in The Water, the next project by M. Night Shyamalan. It's a story that he originally conceived for his kids, which tells you something about the kind of movie it's going to be; don't expect any dead people, aliens, or monsters from the forest. But do expect a narf.

I suppose a more dedicated fan would have already seen the trailer online. I make no claim to dedication. And besides, nothing could have topped the sudden sense of surprise that overtook me when I realized that these shots of Paul Giamatti refracted through water could be--had to be--the trailer.

As trailer's go, it doesn't tell you much. You get only a few shots of Giamatti, a few cryptic bits of dialogue, and then the banner, which reads: Lady in the Water; A Bedtime Story. How good is that? How in the world can we be expected to wait six months for this thing?
posted by Not Prince Hamlet, 6:17 AM

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