I liked Lady in the Water, too. It was an exercise in Lynchian surrealism applied to a modern fairy tale. It was not supposed to make sense and it did not. It’s about archetypes and playing with them on the background of the mundanity of life and what it means to have a purpose within that quotidian banality.

I’m a sucker for a story about stories, and Lady in the Water is one because of course there is literally a character called “Story” in the story. The plot is essentially that the stories we tell are the plots that matter, and that there is nothing else.

That is why most people did not like it, and that’s why I did.