Originally Posted by lwright84
I agree with most of this, however I like The Village much better than Signs. Signs was decent at best, whereas I felt The Village had a more powerful message, better acting, and better suspense.
I think the Village might have been a bit undermined by the marketing and Night's image as a supernatural filmmaker (at least that's what we thought he was in 2004.) But I also think at best it's more an independent movie than a Hollywood one. I also disagree about the acting. I thought everyone but Howard and maybe Hurt was subpar. Phoenix particularly, and he was really good in Signs, IMO. This one might be just different tastes.
Lady In The Water worked for me because I knew exactly what it was going in.. a children's bedtime story brought to life in an urban setting. It was different, and I can see how many people would go in expecting something else based on the trailers and press images, but I enjoyed it. I have to say though.. it's my least favorite M. Night film.
I knew exactly what it was, too. I knew from the press releases that he was filming a story he often told his kids. And I held nothing against that. And everything in the movie seem exactly like I expected.
I just thought it was absolutely terrible.
And I never wanted to strangle anyone more than Night when I saw him in that role in the film. Good lord.
The Happening.. heh, I gave up trying to defend or explain this movie to anyone. On the surface, it's hard to enjoy this film at all.. I agree. However, this film is the most misunderstood of his, imo. So much of it is subtextual and even the seemingly silly things like the child-like dialogue is completely intentional. In short, this film really has very little to do with the environment or going green or protect the Earth and it's plants before they kill you.
I'm not sure what he was going for with this one, if it was all intentional. It just seemed to be more about the event (the Happening?) rather than the people. If he was going for that, okay, I guess, but I'd rather care about the characters, and in this film, I really didn't give a flip what happened to them.