Movies – A Rant
Lately I’ve struggled with defining a good movie after suffering through horrible, pointless films. Because a lot of the stuff out there does not deserve to be a movie. A movie is a visual and auditory form of art. It tells a story through the use of dialogue and images. So then why do so many movies fail to deal out either? Most movies nowadays could just be books. There is no reason for their stories to be displayed though a visual medium. They are just plots with characters. A good author could describe the entire movie and it would have the same effect.
With modern technology, there are so many cool visual things to be done with movies. Movies could, and should, be continually pushing the boundaries of what is possible. I want to see cool special effects, experimentation with how to tell a story in a purely visual format; basically anything but what I’m getting now. Yes, plot is still important; you have to have a story worth telling, and so is character, but there should be more to a movie then just that. Otherwise, what sets it apart from other forms of media?
I’m still watching certain action movies, because I don’t mind an epic battle filled with special effects now and then, but I’m extremely picky about anything else I watch. I’m loving older movies and animated films right now because they have what I’m looking for – a story dependent on a visual format and a good use of visuals to boot.
How do you define a good movie? I’d love to hear from you!