So I’m sitting here trying to figure out what is a good movie. The Avengers came out this past weekend, and it seems like I may be the only person in the world that isn’t running out to the theatre to stand in line for a ticket. Just to then sit in an overly crowed movie house, listening to people talk too loud and hearing teenagers answering their cell phones during the show.
All this for what? A movie that will be full of crazy special effects, one liners, and so many explosions and close calls that I will lose count by the third act. Yet, will there be a story in there someplace?
Look, I’m sure the movie will be entertaining. For a budget high enough to feed a small village for a generation, it better at least be entertaining. But is it a good movie? What does it mean for a film to be a good movie?
When the first Transformers movie came out a few years back, I can remember someone telling me at the time that it was a good movie and I should go see it. Now I’ve yet to see any of the Transformers movies, however I can tell you that there is no way in hell I would consider them good movies. They weren’t even good toys. (yes I’m old enough to remember the toys.)
I’m not trying to be a movie snob here. Really, I’m not. A movie doesn’t need to be some weird art film with French subtitles for me to like it. I like all kinds of films, even blockbusters. I’m really just asking one question; what is a good movie? Is it possible to start putting movies in more then two categories. Good and not good. I’m sure there isn’t a good formula for this, because it’s all opinion anyway. But at the end of the day, should The Avengers really be in the same category of movie as say, The Descendants?
My biggest problem with a movie like The Avengers is, my gut tells me that they won’t even try to have any real surprises or originality in it. Why would they, people are already lining up to see it, and it just came out. There is just so much hype for a movie like this, no one waits to see what people are saying about it, they just go. So why would the studio waste time putting together a real story? And so many damn super heroes in one movie, who has time for a story. I know some people may be reading this thinking “dude, shut up if you haven’t seen the movie”. And you’re right, I should just shut up. I mean, who the hell am I anyway? Well, I’m a guy that has been tricked by the hype machine one too many times.
I guess it just boils down to personal choice. And since I don’t get to the theatre as much as I’d like, I want to make sure I pick my movies wisely. And for me, I don’t want to just be entertained. I get enough entertainment from my 3 and 6 year old kids. I want a movie to take me someplace I’ve never been before. Drop me off in someone else’s life for a while, and make me feel something. And then send me home asking questions about what I just saw.
That’s a good movie, and it’s entertaining. Now maybe it’s just the wine talking here, but I’m pretty sure that can be done without a big green guy and some explosions.