Head to Head – The Village

Welcome to the latest instalment of Head to Head, in which our Quickflix critics enter into a relentlessly bloody battle to the death based on the merits of a particular film. This week, our critics walk blindly into the forrest of Shyamalan’s mad brainbox with The Village.

DVDman will argue FOR the film and Simon Miraudo will argue AGAINST it. Let us know in the comments who you agree with. Let the bloodshed begin!

DVDman – 4/5

Firstly, M. Night hasn’t established himself as a “good” director; he is an okay director who came up with a couple of very good twists to end his first couple of movies. To this extent, The Village continues his fine tradition of leading his audience up the garden path before sucker punching them back into the house with a left hook out of nowhere. As the viewer, we have to accept that not all films will be masterpieces and some are light entertainment that needs to be watched with an open mind and a wry smile. This is one of those, well acted, well shot, tense and enjoyable, probably the last one of Night’s films that could be watched without expecting and relying on the twist and then receiving one anyway. As for the point Night was trying to make, I think it was entertainment. I dread the day Simon has kids and every bedtime story he tells is weighed down by message and morality. Can’t entertainment just be entertainment?

Simon Miraudo – 1/5

Oh, M. Night. How can such a good director make such terrible films? I’ve gone to the bat for you before, but when it comes to The Village … I’m out. The real shame is that the first hour of the film is actually pretty good. And then (of course) the twist. In fact, The Village has a couple of them; each worse than the last. It would take a pretty stupid twist to negate all the good that came before, but Shyamalan found it. When the credits finally roll, we don’t even know what point Shyamalan was trying to make. I bet as everyone was walking out of the cinema with a look of angry incredulity on their face, DVDman was sitting in his seat, mouth agape, thinking “WOAH! So they were…and he was….? Brilliant!!!”

Now it’s over to you! Who do you agree with? Do you think like DVDman, and believe that The Village is just a bit of fun? Or do you side with Simon, and believe it’s a terrible mess? Let us know! Choose your side! There can only be one winner!

Previous Head to Head’s

Alien 3 – Winner: Simon
Natural Born Killers – Tie
Signs – Winner: DVDman
Family Guy – Winner: DVDman
Shakespeare in Love – Winner: Simon
American Gangster – Winner: Simon
Crash – Winner: Simon
No Country for Old Men – Winner: DVDman

6 Responses to “Head to Head – The Village”

  1. The Village is 108 minutes of my life that I would like to have erased from my mind via the Endless Sunshine process. I could see the “twist” and the insipid “social commentary” coming a mile away, and judging by the palpable atmosphere of disgust at the end of the movie, I think most everyone else did too. The only good thing about this film is the fact that Bryce Dallas Howard can act.

  2. The Village is pure tripe. Escapist wankers enslave their familys and enforce these beliefs with basically terrorist tactics of fear and intimidation. And besides would an AIRCRAFT never pass over head….? Lame.

  3. How could anyone give this 4/5. We've all seen enough M. Night movies to know there's gonna be some kind of twist. Sadly because of his predictability, you find yourself second guessing the twist 5 min into the film. I don't wish to question your intelligence dvdman, but how you couldn't see the twist is beyond me. It was more obvious than that bright yellow ball in the sky outside. Maybe you should get out there a little more so you won't be so impressed by such crap.

  4. Firstly Dan, thanks for your comments. Secondly, SHUT UP!! I am DVDman so suggesting I get out there more is impossible as I live in a broom closet and if remove myself from the glow of my flatscreen TV, I melt into a puddle of filmic goop. Also, I didn't say the twist wasn't inevitable, I just said it was pretty cool. We'll just have to disagree on that. And to question my taste in film is to discredit your own opinions as I am the all-knowing, ultimate film connoiseur. OK?

  5. DVDman, dude, whats going on? This is another Shamalan flop. Here I was thinking that a twist is actually a twist because it's unpredictable. I have to say that I also guessed the twist in the first 5 minutes. Unfortunately, I sat through this film, secretly hoping I was wrong, but no, woe is me.I agree that the acting was good, but sadly, it takes more than just good acting to make a decent movie. The directing sucked big time. Yet another yawn movie from the used up bowels of Shamalan's brain matter.I'm with Simon on this one.

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