Note: Still figuring out my rating system
Filling in some Shyamalan blindspots in anticipation for Old.
A full 180 after watching "The Happening" last night which felt like a chore 15 minutes in, "The Village" just clicked.
Same stilted dialogue and very literal, but elevated by a perfectly crafted atmosphere - Deakins as cinematographer and the almost medival fairy tale-like score definitely helped. Bryce and Joaquin lay the central romance with their earnest performances, while the grander themes of trauma, grief and denial circle around it - the innocence hidden deep inside the scary woods.
"Who are we if we can't protect them?" is one of Emily Blunt's few lines in the first movie. It finds ground in the sequel - in a desperate world where the fight might be idle and self-preservation is not enough, survival lies in the slight hope of a future.
John Krasinski's script (this time the sole writer) allows the kids to come to the forefront as they grow, overcome and follow in the footsteps of their father.
My most anticipated film of the year ever since i saw that first poster and i managed to get a screener, so out of pure excitement i'm breaking my rule of not giving 5 stars on a first watch, because it's a thrill.
It's a whirlwind of emotions and a mix of different genres, delivered with candy colored style. The romantic side is sweet as can be, the thrilling escapades of Cassie are tense and exciting and the dark moments…
This was for sure my most anticipated film of the year and i'm happy to say i'm very pleased with it. I can't articulate most of my thoughts, however.
The movie is a beast and the idea to turn dance into a form of incantation for witches hiding in post-war Europe is brilliant. It's deeply personal, centering around love and motherhood, but set against the backdrop of divisions and political turmoil.
A heavy paced, layered, equally beautiful and ugly beast, that i'm sure will reward repeat viewings.