Reality Check – What We Really Want When We Watch a Movie

I never considered myself to be much a fussy and bitter person when it comes clothing, and eating. Friends of mine would maybe say that I am uttering nonsense again. “Well, ‘James isn’t fussy,’ said James himself.”

Oh Boy, who am I kidding. The whole world would condemn me if I even dared think that I am not a fussy person.

Putting that aside, I am fussy when it comes to movies or anything else that I would take time of my schedule to watch. When other people are contented with watching stuff like Space Chimps and Madagascar, people like me would never really enjoy such ridiculous and childish productions.

Yes, you might say that the world is rather a dull, overly serious, terribly hectic, and an unforgiving place. Why compound the seriousness of our short and non-permanent life with more seriousness from the things that we watch. I am sure some would say there is a limit to pessimism!

We do not want anything like the Matrix and other apocalyptic movies that would serve as a reminder of some looming religious rapture and final judgement.

Give me Kung Fu Panda!

Give me Kung Fu Hustle!

Nevertheless, these shows hold no special value except for that occassional laugh and mirth when we stop to think and discuss about them. I believe it is not pessimism that is the issue. On the contrary, movies with depth that appeals to our emotions, logic, perception, and philosophy are the ones that we hold dear to our hearts.

Needless to say, movies with the attibutes mentioned above are normally the ones that break the box office and send a scouring cry of ‘encore’ in our hearts. Look at the Dark Knight which will practically be a legend sealed with the timely death of Heath Ledger.

In many ways, we love to explore our own minds. Others would say we seek to fully understand who we really are and to fully comprehend what makes us, us. Movies that broaden our perspective and forces us to confront certain unbearable circumstances are rather unique and rare.

Well watching Shrek over the weekend might take off some unwanted stress from your shoulders, do also remember to check out movies that are more meaningful and more alluring to not only the heart but the mind.

One Response to “Reality Check – What We Really Want When We Watch a Movie”
  1. Rick Boyer says:

    You know, I have to tell you, I really enjoy this blog and the insight from everyone who participates. I find it to be refreshing and very informative. I wish there were more blogs like it. Anyway, I felt it was about time I posted, Ive spent most of my time here just lurking and reading, but today for some reason I just felt compelled to say this.

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