Friday, May 31, 2013
EMBARRASSING ADMISSION: The Twist Ending Of THE VILLAGE Got Me
WARNING: Spoilers for a generally disliked 9 year old film follow.
This is the tale of my love and passion for film biting me in the ass for once. For being the guy who "knows more about movies than anyone" else going in. I know what movies are getting made and what's going on before you even know it exists because of a trailer. I was paying attention to The Village before you even had a sniff of it. That kind of smugness.
This weekend, M. Night Shyamalan opens After Earth, what many have decided to hate before going in and some are hoping its somewhat of a return to form. To be honest, I probably won't see After Earth until blu-ray. Its something I do want to check out, but I'm not in a hurry and I'll watch on my own terms. But in any circumstance, I felt now was any to share a good story regarding one of his films and give some good laugh/ammunition to my readers.
Since I was that way, I was definitely keeping up with news items, reading magazines and the like of upcoming films. Stuff like Entertainment Weekly, Variety, The Hollywood Report and of course, my all time fave since its inception in the mid-90s, Dark Horizons. When reading up on M. Night's next film, The Village, I paid good attention. M. Night was one of my favorite young up-and-coming directors at the time and I wanted to know his every move, details of his next project. What was his next "twist" going to be. Would there even be one?
During my reading, there was a production note in many places that M. Night had sent his cast (stars & extras) to a 19th century (1800s mind you) boot camp to prepare for the film. M. Night had claimed that authenticity was very key in pulling this off. He wanted everyone to have a feel for the time and to bring a genuine touch to the film. I thought that was pretty cool. Shyamalan wasn't messing around. This would be a really genuine take on the film. Then came the trailer (can't remember what it was attached to) and I was pretty thrilled. I figured there was gonna be something with these wolves attacking the town. Didn't know what, but it was key. It looked like M. Night was taking his suspense to a horror/monster movie type level. Maybe a little more gorier than his normal venture. Couldn't wait to be there opening night with popcorn in hand!