I love this movie, I feel like i basically lived this life having been raised in a little religious bubble family. plus Bryce. She's so enrapturing! didn't like Jacki Phoenix though. why did he have to be so ridiculous. ALSO sigourney. when i was little I was also SOOOO frightened.
Not sure how to review it; just don't believe the negative reviews. Do yourself the biggest favor and just watch it. Shyamalan will most likely never gain back the favor of the audience, but this is definitely a treat, and definitely not the only film that proves he can be a good filmmaker when he wants.
You can see the twist coming from a mile away, and there's definitely some questionable choices - but in the end, this is quite a wonderful film. I was shocked to have found a Shyamalan film so enjoyable (and then, was annoyed that I waited so long to give it a chance). Howard is charming and beautiful, Phoenix is brave and terse, the cinematography is stunning at times, and the story is lovely. Critics are snobs.
In many aspects, it's perfect. This can be an essay on how to write sci-fi, on how to unfold a premise, on how to ilustrate politics, on human behaviour, on the essence of societies. So simple, concise and powerful. It has the eloquence of allegories and the narrative prowess of timeless fables. And a legacy, probably, that will make it have people talk about its meaning and reach, for many years.
Watching it again after so many years—and during a time when the very name M. Night Shyamalan elicits suspicion (snickers?)—I'm happy to report that THE VILLAGE is an equisitely crafted film about an elemental and pure love. Shyamalan may have fallen from grace, but it's not for lack of trying. As a métier and dramaturgist, he's in the full form here. Unequivocally romantic, THE VILLAGE may just be his best work.
Not as bad as some claim, but still a tedious experience. While the atmosphere is seductive, the characters inhabiting Shyamalan's village seem so archetypical and devoid of authentic context that they're impossible to love or believe in. Great actors stumble around in a misty and solemn world devoid of charm, fiddling about with plot devices, which clumsily and unintentionally foreshadows the mandatory twist.
M. Night Shyamalan is the preeminent melancholy auteur of our times. The public continues to fix all their attention on "Village's" divisive ending, overlooking the fact that the film is one of the most moving and emotionally powerful works of the new millennium. This is the rare Hollywood movie in which love is depicted as a pure, elemental force - a single hand reaching out into the void, sustained only by faith.