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12 October 2010

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For this year’s RIP challenge Carl has suggested that as well as reading horror-ific books we might also watch some suitable films and to get the ball rolling on my RIP films I decided to rewatch M. Night Shymalan’s The Village.

I quite enjoyed it the first time around. I don’t seem to recall having been all that surprised by any of the so-called twists or reveals, but it was an enjoyable film.

And likewise on the second veiwing.

Obviously I knew the reveals before they happened so I wasn’t bothered by that aspect of the film. Instead I just sat back and enjoyed the pretty pictures :). I really do like the look of this film. And isn’t it just wonderfully autumnal and Halloween-esque. The shade of yellow they chose is just perfect. As is the contrast with the “bad colour”. And Those We Do Not Speak Of look graet. Excellend creature design.

Okay, so the story itself doesn’t make a whole heap of sense. And really you have to wonder why Show Spoiler ▼

But poking holes in such a threadbare plot isn’t too much fun. And it isn’t why I rewatched The Village.

I think that maybe it is a pity that Shymalan has such control over his projects. The central concept could maybe have been adapted to make a much better film, but while this had great visuals, some adorable characters, and some great acting, it just never managed to tie everything together in a way that worked. Nevertheless I still enjoyed my second viewing of this film. It is wonderfull atmospheric, with some great creppy moments, and perfect for Hallowe’en.

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7 Responses

  1. I love this film. I'm not really sure why it has a bad stigma associated with it. Like you said, the cinematography is beautiful, and everything fits perfectly with the autumnal style. Phoenix and Howard are both excellent characters, and Brody does exceptional at playing the idiot. Personally, the score is among the best soundtrack of any film released, rivaling the Lord of the Rings or Last of the Mohicans. I could listen to the chilling strings and jarring orchestra and never tire of this soundtrack.

    Great review! You've got me wanting to watch the movie again.
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    • Fence says:

      Hi logankstewart, or is it just logan :)

      It is a very pretty film but I think it is a bit lacking in the whole plot and once you think too much about it it begins to fall apart. But it is so pretty I just don't mind.

  2. Kailana says:

    I can't believe I have never seen this. I think the only movie I have seen by the director is The Sixth Sense… I am not big on horror-type movies.

  3. Novroz says:

    I think this is a good movie, I'm not going to say that this is a great movie. I quite enjoy it. After watching it, I read that the movie was reviewed badly. I admit that The Village is not as great as The 6th sense, but it was good.

    Too bad, Shimalayan seems to be fallen in each his new movies.

    • Fence says:

      True, good but not great.

      I actually preferred Unbreakable to The Sixth Sense but, on average, I'd agree, each film he brings out is worse than the previous one.

  4. Kathleen says:

    I only saw this film once but I remember that I liked how it surprised me. You exactly right about the downsides of the film but like you, I still enjoyed it.
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