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Films => Lady in the Water => Topic started by: spikeshinizle on September 08, 2006, 08:47:58 AM

Title: The Ending.
Post by: spikeshinizle on September 08, 2006, 08:47:58 AM
I was just thinking about this film (as I do most of the day haha) and was admiring how well the ending was structured.  I've heard a few complaints that it ends too abruptly, but I think the final shot we see of Cleveland standing there is such a bitter sweet moment.  Sure its a happy ending, but you cant help but feel so darn sorry for the guy even though his life has changed for the better.

In terms of cinematography, the whole final sequence is AMAZING.  When the great Eatlon swoops down, I was expecting a LOTR type shot of it picking Story up...yet we have that fantastic underwater shot as its wings spread around her.  Such a beautiful composition, followed by that sweeping shot as it flys over Philidelphia...Argh! I love it!  :D

I know this is such a 'gushy' post but I thought I'd share my love! haha.
Title: The Ending.
Post by: marco on October 16, 2006, 03:18:02 PM
You're right,man!The ending was awesome!The best moment,for me :wink:
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Post by: Wags on October 18, 2006, 10:45:28 PM
Interesting tidbit here though, according to The Man Who Heard Voices, that was not the original ending.  M Night apparently changed it before filming, and it had something to do with a sign on his door or something...

Just thought i'd throw that out there, I wonder what it was.
Title: The Ending.
Post by: spikeshinizle on October 20, 2006, 10:04:39 PM
Quote from: "Wags"
Interesting tidbit here though, according to The Man Who Heard Voices, that was not the original ending.  M Night apparently changed it before filming, and it had something to do with a sign on his door or something...

Just thought i'd throw that out there, I wonder what it was.


Really? Hmmmm, thats interesting. Yeah, I guess we'll never know the reasons for the change...just like the mysterious other ending for the Village. Well I've read the apparent original ending to the Village but I dont know if it was ever shot.
Title: The Ending.
Post by: Rohan on October 25, 2006, 01:25:42 PM
Thanks for sharing and LADY IN THE WATER ending is one of the best endings I have seen in my entire life... no movie ended in that kind of style and the one which has PAIN and happiness and magical like the LADY ending.

I love that eagle flying over the city and through the dark clouds you see the city down there.

-ROhan
Title: The Ending.
Post by: farhan_mnightfan on February 08, 2007, 09:56:13 AM
The ending of LITW was simply amazing. I agree with you. But could you tell me what was the original ending for The Village? I am eager to know.
Title: The Ending.
Post by: zBeasty on February 12, 2007, 09:27:50 PM
Wow, you guys are really "in" with M.Night! You saw the ending even before it came out!!   :shock:  :shock:  :shock:

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   Interesting tidbit here though, according to The Man Who Heard Voices, that was not the original ending. M Night apparently changed it before filming, and it had something to do with a sign on his door or something...



What the heck was he doing looking at his door anyway??
Title: The Ending.
Post by: Legolas on February 13, 2007, 08:27:23 AM
Take notice of the word "Joined" to the left of the date.  It was posted on Sept. 8, 2006.  You had me for a second there.  I was like "Holy cow!  Spikeshinizle has powers of foresight!"
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Post by: zBeasty on February 13, 2007, 07:45:53 PM
hmm, your powers of observation surpass even mine... silly me  :roll:  :roll:
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Post by: Maya on February 28, 2007, 09:30:06 PM
I was listening to this show on coast to coast last night and this guy was talking about thunderbirds and I couldn't help but think that maybe the Great Eatlon could be one of them....?

any thoughts?
Title: Re: The Ending.
Post by: Imalshen on September 14, 2007, 10:53:31 PM
lol thunderbird? no idea.

I love the ending too. It's so clever and simple and beautiful, and anything more would be too much-we know everyone is going to move on and become what they're destined to be now. They've been changed, we don't need to see any more.
Title: Re: The Ending.
Post by: Reflection on September 14, 2007, 10:59:00 PM
The Ending of Lady wasn't an ending...

It was a new beginning... The personal reflection was the hint to the real ending which was Mn's little.."Where are you" speach!! :o

It's all symbolism!!
Title: Re: The Ending.
Post by: Imalshen on September 15, 2007, 10:19:23 AM
What speech? lol

But I agree, one time ends, another begins. Always does.
Title: Re: The Ending.
Post by: Reflection on September 15, 2007, 01:26:34 PM
Yup, a never ending cycle of beings and endings...

What could be better?? ;)

The lil speech he gave while sitting in the bathroom, why didn't he show up, I wrote it and nothing happened... How ever he said it, I haven't seen but passing glimpses of it, something always happens when I try to watch M's movies...

But basically he should have put self-doubt in the spot!! The way to book is written!!

What about the Raven in it?? The Crow!!!  I'm the crow... Hawk...Hawk....
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Post by: Mr_Glass.1 on September 19, 2007, 01:39:44 PM
The best ending to a film I have ever seen, superb, quiet, beautiful, sad, hopeful.  Just amazing.
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Post by: San Jose Shark on September 21, 2007, 07:20:35 PM
Yeah I get goosebumps every time when you find out Reggie is the guardian and the music kicks in. Then they show the sign The Cove with the lightning flashing on it. That whole sequence to the very end is so damn cool!
Title: Re: The Ending.
Post by: M. Night Girl on September 21, 2007, 09:56:59 PM
I was kind of shocked at first, but then when I saw it again, I realized that it was good that way...it's like a real fairy-tale. They tend to end like that. All mysterious and full of wonder. :) Good job M. Night!
Title: Re: The Ending.
Post by: joecartoon131 on April 29, 2008, 08:36:17 PM
San Jose Shark, I completely agree with you about the effect of the ending where Cleveland realizes Reggie is the Guardian, the music swells, then the flash of lighting lights up the Cove entrance sign...

Just that sudden realization that all of the pieces have fit into the puzzle is awesome!

I say it's even better than when Merrell knocks the alien into the bookcase, the glass tips over, the water spills on the creature, and then the camera moves in on Bo and Graham - when they realize her connection to the water had meaning as well - followed by the family looking around to a living room full of half-filled glasses of water, and ending with Bo and her father looking at each other, understanding everything without a single word spoken.
Title: Re: The Ending.
Post by: Mr_Glass.1 on April 30, 2008, 08:51:17 AM
I feel like all of his movies end like that, everything fits together, but nobody needs to say anything.
Title: Re: The Ending.
Post by: Reflection on May 15, 2008, 01:26:36 AM
The ending was in the middle not the begginning.. oops, swap that..

If the boy was so enthrawled by the work why didn't he contact the author...???


...the boy would be in the future duh!!:D The writers future, I mean pass, not the boy's past, the...

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Wasn't there a little boy in the 13th, no, not tuesday!!

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Hows about that topiary, in the second shining??

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Title: Re: The Ending.
Post by: Mr_Glass.1 on May 15, 2008, 08:38:02 AM
I'm sorry, reflection, your post is really confusing, what are you trying to say.
Title: Re: The Ending.
Post by: Reflection on May 15, 2008, 11:10:45 PM
Oh, if happens trom time to time..

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The Ending of the movie wasn't at the end of the movie, the message of the movie was in the middle of the movie, it was when M Night was talking to "the camera" (his lil speech).

M night asked, why did the little boy not try and contact me, why didn't "it" contact me?? Because his work would have to be finished and famous for it to have an effect on a boy later in life.

There was a lost little boy in Friday the 13th, he drown in water, M Night put Tuesday outside one of the 13 rooms in the motel, the one with the cat on it, on the floor mat. This was a reference to a day of the week and 13, Friday the 13th, the story of a lost little boy who drowned in a pong/lake, like M night suggested he did in the sci-fi doc. Oh yeah, black cat, bad luck, the 13th..

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The topiary, the Snarle or whatever it was called reminds me of the ones in The Shining, how about you??

Both play small parts to start but come on strong at the end??

Hence, the ending!!:D
Title: Re: The Ending.
Post by: Mr_Glass.1 on May 16, 2008, 08:29:57 AM
Aaahh, I think I get you now. ;D
Title: Re: The Ending.
Post by: Reflection on May 16, 2008, 08:37:02 PM
Yeah..

I like to say things like that in little riddles, which doesn't go over so well usually, M Night does the same thing. Some are just easier to find or figure out. It's more fun if ya guess yourself, not have it explained out, that kinda defeats the purpose.

Like in Lady when the "Landlord" swam to the bottom of the pool and found Story's secret area, did you notice the glasses with the air in them?? What could they possibly be tied to, it's an easy one.
Title: Re: The Ending.
Post by: MrStone on June 01, 2008, 07:16:01 PM
nearly all of night's films end abruptly.  i really like this about him actually.  Instead of making you wait and see that the hero is doing fine - like a 'next morning scene'....you get the point and just end it.  Nice.

Title: Re: The Ending.
Post by: Reflection on June 02, 2008, 01:44:39 AM
Yep..

I really like the ending of Lady, you know that the "blue" world is really the "dream" world and it's "in the water"..

So when M. Night leave the viewer looking up from under the water in Lady, he's leaving  you hanging there in the world of dreams, or "the blue world".

Koo huh?
Title: Re: The Ending.
Post by: Mr_Glass.1 on June 02, 2008, 08:11:57 AM
Yes, I also like how his films end abruptly, it gives you a nice sense of closure without telling you how this character is going to live the rest of his life, word for word.
Title: Re: The Ending.
Post by: mamasan on June 02, 2008, 08:49:09 AM
Yep..

I really like the ending of Lady, you know that the "blue" world is really the "dream" world and it's "in the water"..

So when M. Night leave the viewer looking up from under the water in Lady, he's leaving  you hanging there in the world of dreams, or "the blue world".

Koo huh?

Yeah, to say that he's good at that would be the understatement of the century.
Title: Re: The Ending.
Post by: Reflection on June 03, 2008, 02:39:51 AM
You could also see the "climbing of the wall" at the end of The Village as an escape from a dream world.

A dream world gone bad, but a village based on a dream (of it's founders).
Title: Re: The Ending.
Post by: mamasan on June 03, 2008, 08:47:41 AM
You could also see the "climbing of the wall" at the end of The Village as an escape from a dream world.

A dream world gone bad, but a village based on a dream (of it's founders).

Good point.
Title: Re: The Ending.
Post by: Ellemar on June 16, 2008, 10:02:34 PM
I was a little dissapointed at how it ended, because I always want to know what happens to everyone else afterwards,
but really, I can't think of a way to end it better.