I have been (and will continue) tinkering with this description because no words seem to be able to express exactly…
There is no turning back
When a willful young man tries to venture beyond his sequestered Pennsylvania hamlet, his actions set off a chain of chilling incidents that will alter the community forever in this atmospheric thriller featuring a star-studded cast.
Serenely volatile cinema, and as gorgeously engulfing as anything M. Night Shyamalan has ever crafted. I usually try to not be one of those viewers that proclaims a particular film as "misunderstood" or "underrated", but I still can't fathom how the general audience sees this as a "bad Twilight Zone episode", especially because even (and not only) on a surface level, The Village is astonishing.
With Roger Deakins' cinematography establishing unprecedented atmosphere and James Newton Howard scoring one of the finest soundtracks of the 21st Century; The Village flourishes because of its visual/aural elements, both of which compliment the tender love story at its core. M. Night tackles this tale with the mindset of being a genuine artist with…
Many run-of-the-mill Hollywood directors can take a fun, pulpy script that revolves itself around some big reveal and turn it into a nice piece of entertainment with some fun clues hidden about, that you watch once and never feel any sort of inclination to watch again. However, very few directors can make a film with a big revel and work every single aspect of it to perfection, making it into an endlessly rewatchable piece of this much beauty and imagination. M. Night Shyamalan is clearly not a typical Hollywood thriller director or writer. His body of work (The Miscalculated Airbender aside) all have a certain timelessness and freshness with each rewatch, and for a director known for his big twists…
M. Night Shyamalan gets a lot of criticism, some justified some not so much.
To me Shyamalan always started out as a storyteller, who later grew into a director and ended up falling for the ego trap created around him by himself and the industry. This is perhaps his last well balanced and decent film.
Now, my appreciation of it stems in everything that precedes the obligatory twisty turny ending. It's not that I find the ending bad, or the twist weak, but I'd have been really surprised had he been able to finish this story normally. Towards the end the narrative seems to have one purpose in mind and one purpose only and that is to get you to…
M. Night Shyamalan's greatest aptitude might be that of control. His restraint has evanesced as of late, but there's no doubt it was once fiercely coursing through his style and approach. The Village, the last of the omnipotent Shyamalan, is also the final time his meticulousness and discipline was so completely illustrated and employed. His management of tone and ambiance is vigorous and so too is his narrative; one that gradually unravels in the most gratifying way. Audacious, clever and scrupulously structured, this is one of the most unfairly treated films of the 21st century.
Perilous creatures lurk on the outskirts of town, and the way in which Shyamalan amalgamates this with everyday life is subtle and cogent. The threat…
What is the purpose of our existence? We cannot deny the fact that despite all the progress that humanity has made through the ages, it still remains answerless, cureless to the immeasurable crimes committed, wars waged, blood shed, atrocities inflamed, jealousies spurred, angers incited and the illimitable greed for more. The law is unneeded in a place where money is immaterial, sinful acts are unheard-of, races remain undifferentiated, contentedness instilled is paramount, the happiness engulfing is unbounded and the tranquillity embracing is unprecedented. Would we shun away the offer to live in such a place if it cost us only a lie? A simple, harmless lie that would forever change the course of things,…
Not Quite Hoop-Tober: Day 17
The Village is a film that I really like to stand up for. I get an almost perverse joy out of defending it. And it's not just that I enjoy talking out of my butt (although that's also the case). I genuinely think there are interesting ways to interpret the film. The readings aren't unbreakable, of course, but they're intriguing enough to keep my brain at attention. That and I think Shyamalan gets a bit more flak than he deserves. But today I learned (or relearned, perhaps) that, as much as I like talking about this film, I don't particularly love watching it.
I first saw The Village ten years ago when it was in…
Una película de suspense diferente, un argumento muy original con unos giros fuertes, centrada en sus personajes con gran banda sonora,fotografía y dirección.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Loved the photography. Didn't love the twist. One thing I can't stop thinking about: Where are they getting the limitless supply of oil to keep every building and path so brightly lit every night?
Even if it's coming courtesy of the billionaire family's estate, how are they explaining these oil deliveries to the next generation?
M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village is a criminally underrated film that features exceptional storytelling, gorgeous cinematography, compelling performances, and rich themes. It ranks up there with The Sixth Sense as one of Shyamalan’s finest achievements, but was almost universally panned by critics upon its initial release. I don’t have the faintest idea as to why.
Ever since M. Night blindsided audiences everywhere with the ending of The Sixth Sense, it has become all too easy to strip his films down to the signature Shyamalan plot twist, while disregarding the many other important elements that make up the film along the way. I’ve seen many predicate their opinion of The Village almost entirely upon whether they enjoyed or felt cheated…
Better than I expected, probably because any fool can make a competent movie when assisted by Roger Deakins and James Newton Howard.
Some good performances but I hate Shyamalan's twists. You leave feeling manipulated and tricked and I hate that. This was the beginning of the twists and it doesn't really hold up. We all wanted a thriller which Sixth Sense was but he thought we liked the twisteroo! Just left me annoyed and frustrated.
If a movie is going to have the twist this film does than it needs to be a lot more important or profound like some of the old Twilight Zone episodes.
After investigating the urban myth, as well as the superhero myth, Shyamalan instead looks back to the origin of the American religious myth for social control before investigating myths altogether in Lady in the Water. This film is gorgeous and pensive but it confesses a bit too much in the latter half. Underrated.
No es una película de miedo, sino una película sobre el miedo, que funciona a varios niveles. Poética, melancólica y devastadora, adquiere todo su sentido después de varios visionados. El fandom más ultraconservador y la crítica más miope nunca perdonarán a Shyamalan el darnos cordero por liebre con tanta belleza y savoir faire en la puesta en escena.
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