- Night Shyamalan has had an infamous Hollywood roller coaster ride. With The Sixth Sense, he established himself as a potential artist, impressing both reviewers and audiences. He proceeded on this path with a couple more victories before things began to deteriorate.
Suddenly, his works were treated with more scorn than praise, and it was during this period that Shyamalan released one of his most underappreciated pictures, Lady in the Water. It’s a rich picture, and with Shyamalan at the helm, you can bet there will be a few shocks scattered throughout. Here’s everything you need to know about Lady in the Water’s finale if you want to properly understand what Shyamalan was doing with this film.
What’s the twist?
Shyamalan’s films are recognized for their unexpected plot twists. Bruce Willis’ character in The Sixth Sense was actually dead the entire time. In Unbreakable, Samuel L. Jackson’s character was at the root of all the catastrophes, looking for a super powered individual.
A good surprise should reframe what has come before, forcing you to reassess what you’ve just observed. Lady in the Water has its own twist, but it’s much more subtle than what you would have seen in his prior work.
Cleveland learns more about the Narf from children’s stories, and he realises that other residents of the apartment complex have important parts to play in this drama as well. The other apartment occupants must pitch in to help bring Narrative home safely, and Cleveland feels he is the Guardian of the story.
He assigns parts to others based on movie stereotypes, but a Scrunt strikes during the initial effort to bring Story to the Eagle. Cleveland realises at this time that he is not the Guardian. The team operated on erroneous assumptions, which nearly cost Story her life.
A fundamental message of the film is conveyed through this twist. People aren’t always what they appear to be, and you shouldn’t make assumptions about people’s identities before getting to know them.