James Newton Howard saves the day
I am kind of baffled by this movie I have problems describing it!
"Unbelievable lack of advertising strategy" would be my first
observation. M. Night Shyamalan has made his career with suspenseful
thrillers with plot twists at the very end, but "The Village" takes a
somewhat different step, perhaps unnoticed to the untrained eye. The
entire movie still looks and feels exactly the same as the rest of M.'s
previous movies, which, in this case is more of a negative than a
positive thing, yet at the same time it's exactly this rich quality of
production that gives it the strongest assets. Let's face it, "The
Village" is yet another one of M.'s misunderstood movies due to "poorly
educated" viewers. I'm talking about the type that doesn't get the
blatantly obvious or the blatantly irrelevant and writes posts like
"what color does Ivy see in Luscious and her father". A Non-important,
Irrellevant one, btw!. The exquisite ensemble of actors and actresses
(special kudos to the sexy redhead Bryce Dallas Howard) made the script
breathe and gave sense to M's story. But what saved the whole movie was
the musical score. James Newton Howard singlehandedly brought life to
"The Village". What this man does is beyond me, I can describe it only
as perfection. Every score he has so far composed for M felt like the
movie was made after the score so it could blend in just the right way.
The music editing deserves a ton of recognition and praise as well
because it gave the movie just the right tone and atmosphere. M's
movies have always demanded the viewers utmost attention, and so far
this has always been rewarded many times over. "The Village" will
probably be remembered as one of his weakest and least liked movies,
and I have to understand why. He has been using the same style of
story-telling since 1999 and this movie should have been an exception
because it stands out. The story is minimalistic (as are the "twists"
towards the end) and if one doesn't pay enough attention the main theme
of the movie gets easily lost. It's love! I think. The plot, the
motives, even the explanations are pretty shaky but this movie delivers
numerous amazing moments that I know I'll just want to see over and
over again. M is THE MASTER of subtlety and if you won't see it in "The
Village" you won't see it anywhere else! And it's exactly these
incredibly subtle, thought-out scenes that have immense power and are
the best parts (literally) of the movie. It's because of them that I
enjoyed "The Village" as much as I did and looked past the simple story
that never even intended to be the key thing here (it's even revealed
before the end). It's unnoticed things like cinematography that treats
the character of Ivy differently that any other character because she
can't see, it's the barely noticed tear on her left cheek that falls
down her face when Luscious declares his love to her, it's the
expression that he makes when he gets stabbed, it's the breath-takingly
perfect last 5 seconds of the movie, then the score with instant fade
to black priceless! I sincerely have to admit I have no idea what
happened to the 60 million dollar budget and where it went to, but "The
Village" does feel rich (despite mostly being in a very minimalistic
location), full of details, and manages to provide the absolute best of
sound, style, cinematography, acting and music making it an absolute
treat for the senses. And I actually like the fact that this movie is
generally hated, it makes it more mine on some personal level. 7/10
Recommendations: any avid fans of M, you are the ones that will
appreciate this movie, anyone into great sound and music editing,
cinematography, outstanding acting performances the works. BUT A WORD
OF CAUTION-don't expect much from the story, this time the movie relies
completely on the actors and the solid production..
Sunshine0209 watch Lethal Weapon 2 movie
The titanic was excellent. Keep watching it.
DFatouma watch A Viking Saga movie
Well i think the movie is interesting.
renenmexico watch The Cold-Blooded Penguin movie
M. Night is amazing... the truth of the village totally takes you by surprise....
weathervane27 watch Elektra movie
This movie was really great, very inventive.
mgcraven watch The Haunting Of M. movie
another good twisty from the master.
The Gladiator is a film about two men angling for power during the Roman Empire. One was Cesar's son, played by Joaquim Phoenix, and the other was Maximus, played by an actor, I don't know off hand. The movie was a great disappointment. Joaquim Phoenix should have played played Maximus. What bother hiring an outstanding actor like Joaquim only to have him play the "brother" of the love interest? Miscasting Joaquim's character means he gets stiffed out of everything, i.e., father's love, sister's love, and public's regard. Instead of finding love on his own, he spends all his time drooling over his sister, (major turnoff) which while that may have been the norm back then, it doesn't work at all in a movie made in the 21th century. .
'The Village' (Joaquim Phoenix) is about a simple community scared to death of monsters that 'eat flesh' who live in the woods. The Elders have secrets, "things that cannot be spoken of" hidden in dark wooden boxes. Despite this, nothing is as it seems. Uncharacteristically, Joaquim Phoenix plays Lucius, a man who spurns the affections of a pretty girl, due to his tortured love for a blind girl. The depth blind girl's misery was moving, and her lack of understanding about the way things really were was thought provoking. When she climbs over the ivy wall, and we see the truth, I was astounded! This movie was well-worth seeing. .
The Village is an incredible mystery. I never realized what was going on until the end. .
night shyamlan's best movie.... eventhough it is not a high budget movie... .
nice one......................................................... .
After this movie was released Mr. Shyamalan should not have been
allowed to may any more films.
Very predictable, implausible with how you are introduced at the start
of this move you are supposed to be in the 1800's as the movie
progresses you learn of events in the people's lives that made them
want to get away from society and start this colony. Which if are to be
believed are events that none of these people would speak of outside
family for the era of the 1800's. So how they learned of each other is
a mystery even after you find out it's not really set in the 1800's.
Once you learn this fact it is just something to watch because you are
enjoying your popcorn that you made or paid for at the theater.
During the movie a villager becomes ill and a doctor in the village
says they need antibiotics to help the villager. The woods are
inhabited by a mystical evil man eating creature. You learn later is
nothing more then a villager in a costume that has a mental issue.
An older girl played by the daughter of Ron Howard, is the one that
says she will get the antibiotics. She is given a note to give to the
person at the "ranger station", wait Ranger station. Wait did I type
ranger station,this is supposed to be the 1800s. I didn't know ranger
stations even now keep a prescription medicine cabinet in the office
let alone then. She is stalked by the villager disguised monster, whom
she alludes and later kills though not at her own hand. She gets to the
outer edge of this village beyond the woods she encounters a sign
indicating it is the "Private Nature Preserve" of the family of one of
the village elders. The children have not be raised to know there is
nothing more then 1800s technology available. When this girl encounters
the park ranger's truck she is not frightened or anything.
Another failed movie by M. Night Shyamalan not worth the time..