YMMV: The Village

  • Artistic License Geography: While Shyamalan attempts to explain the biggest Plot Hole in the premise by saying the Village is under a no fly zone, he also makes it clear that the Village is in Pennsylvania. Given that all air traffic must cross just to enter or leave New York State or New England without entering Canadian airspace (or the slim strip of New Jersey), with 20 years' time and the relative size of Pennsylvania, it's virtually impossible that off-course or unchartered flights wouldn't be a regular problem. If anything, the public explanation for the no fly zone would have actually made it a popular spot for smugglers.
  • Broken Base: This film sharply divided M. Night's fanbase; some viewed the twist as terrible and invalidating the whole film, others thinking it worked and the movie was well-constructed, and a third camp who somewhat disliked the twist but appreciate the rest of the film. This division was the beginning of the decline for M. Night.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: James Newton Howard's Oscar-nominated violin-filled score is absolutely gorgeous.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Say what you will about the story, but Ivy was a cool character and Bryce Dallas Howard knocked it out of the park performance-wise.
  • Idiot Plot: It's difficult to believe Walker and the town doctor couldn't foresee the utility of modern medicine in the Village's comparatively risky environment, and account for these needs. We're meant to believe this was a calculated risk, but after The Reveal of Those We Don't Speak Of, the same people should have considered a comparatively simpler disguised tunnel exit.
  • It Was His Sled: The titular village is not an 1800s town but secretly set in the modern day. Those We Do Speak Of are people in costume intended to keep up the masquerade.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Christop is Marty Mikalski, Finton is Jimmy Darmody, Jamison is Mark Zuckerberg, and, of course, Ivy is Gwen Stacy.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The film's twist ending renders most of the suspense completely pointless, since it completely removes the supernatural elements. Arguably, it would have been far more interesting had Those We Don't Speak Of become real as a result of the Villagers belief, which would have been more in tone with the rest of the film. Imagine the Oh, Crap moment if it instead ended with all of them slowly walking out of the forest, furious that the Villager's had broken the Truce?
    • The Film's original ending is this too. Imagine the implications of finding out that you live in a completely different time. That your parents have been lying to you for years. That deaths could have been easily prevented. How would you fit into a civilization hundreds of years more advanced with technology you never could have imagined? All of these are interesting premises that never get addressed.
    • Another good way to incorporate the twist is that both the village and Those We Do Not Speak Of are still real, and it's just that the people are still living like it's the 1800s because they've been isolated from the rest of the world since that time.
    • Alternately, Those We Do Not Speak Of get revealed and replaced by outside criminals, who'd love to have such a sanctuary.
    • It's also not difficult to just skip the two five-minute scenes that reveal the hoax, and the result is a solid monster-movie.