After reading some real bad reviews I went on to rent The Village thinking it wouldn’t be any good. I was wrong.
This clever drama, with it’s atmosphere, symbolism and purposely stilted acting, was a nice and cozy surprise. Yep, there are a few flaws on the script, some scenes could obviously have been done differently.
What I think is the reason for the negative reviews is that people were expecting an horror movie, mainly because of the way it was advertised back when it came out, and got an atmospheric, slow-moving, drama with an undergoing mystery and a few horror/thriller elements.
As for me, who wasn’t expecting any of that, I saw it as it truly is: a deeply symbolical character-study with great score, acting and hardly-noticeable social/political commentary.