I have fevered and festered over a dissertation on the works of M Night Shyamalan. There were drafts covering everything from studio politics at Disney to the recurring motifs in Shyamalan's often redundant twist endings. I experimented with a shot by shot exploration of his specific choices in DPs (always the best in town) for each project. Along the way I realized something I never understood before - something much more important than critical analysis:
"Sometimes we don't do things yet others know we want to do things so we don't do them."
"We can move towards hope - that's what's so beautiful about this place."
There has been a lot of smack-talk about M Night Shyamalan and justifiably so. For all intents and purposes, he's an egomaniacal prick. Shyamalan gets so caught up in his ideas (and he has a lot of ideas) that he has no concern about communicating them to the audience. That's not good. He did, however, buy his assistant a house. Unlike the earlier films, based solely upon their twist-endings which do not play well in second viewings, The Village is the gift that keeps on giving. Bryce Dallas Howard gives a breathtaking performance and Adrien Brody plays a retard without ever being offensive. Get into it!