The Art of Going to the Movies

First off, I would like to say that this is not a guide to seeing movies. Nor is this based on any really study or research. It is just an observation that I have made over the past few years of going to movies and reading other people’s reviews of them.

The first thing that I have noticed is do not believe every review you read (though this may be dumb to say since I write them on this site). Not all movie reviewers are in the same mind frame that you are when you see movies. I believe that people that get paid to see and critique movies don’t go to them to watch or even enjoy them. They simply go to watch for what’s wrong or to pick out every small flaw of the movie. This could also be said about movies that have received high praise from critics. Movie reviewers, while looking for what is wrong, also look for stuff that nobody ever really cares about in movies. When was the last time you left a movie and said “Wow, I really like how they used the camera angles.” or “The director really made a wise choice with that setting selection.” I don’t think I’ve ever said that.

Along with reading, don’t believe everything that you hear either. Just because one of your friends says that a movie “sucked” doesn’t mean that it was as bad as they say. I could’ve just been a movie genre that they’re not the biggest fans of. It could also be that the person has a completely different taste in certain movies. I’ve noticed this the most when a girl/guy is telling a guy/girl whether a movie is good or not. Different genders tend to have different views on certain movies.
This brings me to my next topic, hype. Even if a movie looks AWESOME! in the trailer doesn’t mean it’s going to be. You can’t go into a movie with the highest of expectations. I know that it can be hard when it comes to some. And sometimes, when there is lots of hype, there is little disappointment. But, most of the time, if you go into a movie with an open-mind you will get a more honest view of the film. For example, a movie that is nominated for Best Film or Movie of the Year doesn’t mean that everyone in the entire world will think so. Or, on the contrary, if a movie is heralded as being a horrible movie by film critics, you may find it to be one of the better movies you’ve ever seen. I figure that if there is a lot of hype for a movie you will either be a.) blown away by how good is its; or b.) completely disappointed.

Basically, what it all comes down to is this: BE YOUR OWN CRITIC! Don’t go to a movie because some middle-aged guy at a newspaper (or because some stupid teenager at his computer *hint hint*) says it’s good, or because it won some prestigious award. Go to movies that you think look good. If you friend thinks a movie looks dumb, but you think that it doesn’t, go anyway. If it ends up to be bad, agree with them. If it ends up that you loved it, don’t feel stupid when you disagree with them.

This may have been a complete waste of your time (and maybe mine…) but I felt like getting it out there. Our culture is filled with glorified crap and overlooked works of genius. Get out there and experience it for yourself. Don’t let some writer, or anyone else for that matter, tell you what you do or do not like.

–Cory

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