I'll tell you what the problem is with people "expecting" things with M. Night Shyamalan movies (and that may be just it: the "expecting" part). The Sixth Sense was sooooo good that people go into the theatres -- and this is just my theory -- and miss the point of it all thinking it's going to be another Sixth Sense. Goers probably spend the whole time watching the film attempting to figure out the "twist". Now, there's nothing wrong with this .. up to a point. When it passes the line where you are not having fun with the experience and you don't let the movie entertain you as it should, then you're thinking too much and you ruin M. Night Shyamalan's movies. (But, yeah, I understand that keeping you guessing is part of M. Night's whole thing -- but, come on! Don't kill it for yourself.)
With that said, if you saw the trailer for the film or read anything about it, you should know that it's a fairy tale -- a bedtime story, if you will. Just remember that if you plan to go see it. Because if I hear another person telling me, "Oooh! It was so fake!" -- I mean, hello? Yes, it's fake. First off, it's a movie. Second off, it's a movie about a fairy tale.
I thought it was beautiful story. The plot was sorright, it seemed to me, and one could follow along and it all somehow (somehow .. ) fit nicely toward the end (tada!). Some characters were more memorable than others. Paul Giamatti was, well, Paul Giamatti. He's a good actor.
However, still, for me: Signs, The Village, The Sixth Sense > The Lady in the Water.
See it if you have an imagination (we're a die'n breed apparently!) and if you like M. Night. Otherwise, rent it!
.:: Spock sings of Bilbo. [Music video.]
.:: This announcer needs a raise. [Futbol clip.]