This adaptation of a children’s bedtime story M. Night Shyamalan wrote for his daughters is difficult to sum up. It’s too big and like the rest of his work, SO original and unpredictable. It is beautiful, poetic, epic, funny, suspenseful and absolutely amazing! I loved Signs and The Village, but this is at a whole new level.
I thought the performances of Paul Giamatti and Bryce Dallas Howard in the lead roles were outstanding. Fantasy in an urban setting has always been a niche interest of mine and this is definitely there. If you like the writing of Charles de Lint like the book Onion Girl which I reviewed here then you’ll like this!
And the scene where Bob Balaban, the movie critic, is killed discovering a twist he couldn’t quite predict is wickedly funny satire. Some of the best I’ve ever seen in film!
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