||[Sep. 6th, 2004|08:52 pm]
한국 사람이 아니다
|||||To Sir With Love||]|
Granted, I've seen a lot of television and movies in 39 years. My parents didn't limit my media intake; quite the contrary, in fact. My dad had me watching Laugh-In when I was 3 and Saturday Night Live its first season in 1975, when I was 10. So to say I'm pretty cracker at seeing the ending coming in a movie or TV show is a bit of an understatement. For me to be surprised is the exception, not the rule. Which is why I loved The Sixth Sense so much. I totally did not see the ending coming.
Unfortunately, I've seen too many Twillight Zone episodes. The Village, while not a bad little story in and of itself, isn't shocking, surprising, or even particularly scary. In fact, it wasn't even very difficult to catch M. Night Shyamalan's signature Hitchcockian cameo. And that cameo is about the only thing that is Hitchcockian about this. The acting is the only thing that keeps this thing afloat, and even then, that of only three or four of the players, namely Adrien Brody as the village idiot and Bryce Dallas Howard as blind Ivy.
It's not a bad movie. It's interesting to watch unfold, it's got some clever dialogue (as when Ivy says to Lucius, "Why can you not speak what is in your head?" and Lucius retorts, "Why can you not stop speaking what is in yours?") and it's got one of my favourite names in the credits, storyboard artist, assistant director and sometime actress Brick Mason.
But predictable? Oh, yeah. But I bet you knew I was going to say that.