Head to Head – The Village

Welcome to the latest edition of Head to Head, in which our Quickflix critic takes on our readers in a rip-snorting battle to the death! You pick the film, and we pick the fight!

This week, Catherine Harry walked blindly into the forest to defend M. Night Shyamalan‘s The Village! For her troubles, she scored a double pass to Letters to Juliet. You can send your mini-reviews to us here at Quickflix too!

Catherine Harrywill argue FOR the film while Quickflix critic Simon Miraudo will argue AGAINST it. Let us know in the comments section below who you agree with. Spare no vitriol! Choose your side! There can only be one winner!

Catherine Harry – 4.5/5

I really enjoy clever movies and M. Night Shyamalan is a director that has given us several including “The Village”. The all-star cast convincingly portrayed a time of years gone by and with the help of a “Those We Don’t Speak Of” myth the twists and turns made for very exciting watching. The script, plot, sets, costuming and cinematography was all incredibly well thought out and produced, which made it very easy to get into this movie hook, line and sinker. Also, the sound effects of the cracking of twigs in the woods was suitably eerie enough to make even one of my grown male friends jump off his seat, which always adds for a bit more excitement too! But as with most good movies “The Village” had everything – comedy, intrigue, romance, adventure, mystery, action and of course a dangling carrot that keeps you guessing until the end.

Simon Miraudo – 2/5

You’re half right Catherine. M. Night Shyamalan is one of the best visual directors working today and The Village features some of his most impressive sequences; moments of unbearable tension and breathtaking beauty. But the “twist” ending of The Village is so mind-numbingly awful, so catastrophically misguided and so jaw-droppingly stupid, it perfectly embodies Shyamalan at his worst. A twist ending should inform everything that came before it. The twist here (I won’t spoil it for traditions sake) makes everything that came before seem … dumb. Really, really dumb. It makes all the characters in the film seem dumb, and it makes the audience feel dumb for having been so invested in such a dumb storyline. Believe it or not, I’m no Shyamalan hater. I love The Sixth Sense. I love Unbreakable. I love Signs. And The Happening was one of the funniest movies of 2008. But The Village is a catastrophic disaster, not just because it wastes our time with a maddeningly silly ending, but because it wasted the time of a director who could be making classic movies if he would listen when someone says: “Hey Night, this script is kinda dumb.”
Now it’s over to you! What are your thoughts on The Village? Let us know in the comments section below. If you would like to be featured in the next Head to Head and possibly win some free movie tickets, send your mini-reviews to us here at Quickflix!

2 Responses to “Head to Head – The Village”

  1. I liked "The Village" a lot, even though I'd guessed the twist as soon as I read the one-line synopsis of it back when it was still called "The Woods".Maybe that's why I enjoyed it – because I'm THAT awesome.

  2. Loved it, there is alot i could say about it and why but there may not be enough room here, But deffinatly worth a watch and look into the fathers motives.

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