Gerrod has been nagging me for as long as I can remember (well, at least as long as the film has been out) telling me how good The Village is.
So for his birthday I bought him the DVD and wrapped it up with a note pledging to see it with him. sigh. It was the only way I could envisage the nagging stopping. Yet, now, I’m being nagged to write the review!
For those of you who haven’t seen it, The Village is the fourth in a series of M. Night Shyamalan directed films (The Sixth Sense, Unbreakable, Signs). And now, thanks to Gerrod’s ‘encouragement’, I’ve seen all but Signs.
The Village is about a self-contained community living in the 1800s, milking cows, growing vegetables etc and terrified to enter the woods that separate them from the surrounding villages.
They refer to predators in the woods as ‘those of whom we do not speak’, but it always reminded me of “the others” on the TV series Lost, and Harry Potter’s ‘he-who-shall-not-be-named’.
I liked the films originality, the creative use of colour, the subtlety with which information is revealed, and the thought-provoking elements. I disliked the film’s dark quality, the suspense and heaviness that never quite leaves you, even during the happy moments.
For quality, I’d give the film about 8.5/10 but on Kristy’s funometer I’d give it 6.
There. Are you happy now Gerrod? I’ve watched the movie AND reviewed it… Oh no. You didn’t. You bought Signs now?