The Movie of Life.
Updated: Sep 12, 2019
People tend to bash movie buffs because all they do is sit around and watch movies. There is a point where, if it is not your job, watching a screen all day can be unproductive; having said that, I am a movie buff who is productive. I look at movies the same way an artist looks at art. Admiring the details and understanding the message or big picture. Recently, I have been thinking about what makes up the spine of a great movie.
Since there are so many different types of film and a multitude of moving parts that go into producing each one, there are only a few common denominators in terms of what makes a good movie. Here is the most frequent one.
Making the ordinary, extraordinary.
Good movies always involve relatable aspects. Usually, it’s a concept, character, or what the character is going through. Wanting to do the exceptional is something we all can relate to because we all have a mundane part of life. Some more than others. Take the very first scene of Pulp Fiction, one of the most famous movies of all time: a couple is quietly having lunch and then goes into a rage to rob the place. Forest Gump is a disabled boy who has a hopelessly normal life but still stumbles onto being a war hero, an Olympic athlete, and a founder of Apple. It is what we all yearn for, to make something of our otherwise boring lives. At least that is what movie producers want you to feel. Relating to a movie, whether you know it or not, uses the parts of us that lack confidence.
This also works the other way too. An epic fall from grace relates to our more destructive nature. It’s seen in films like Taxi Driver, Joker, The Shining. Being trapped in a routine can inspire change just as easily as it can bury you to the point of insanity. But movies are not the only example.
We also experience this in everyday life. Nobody wants to see a newsreel about the rich getting richer, they want to see the poor becoming successful. Nobody wants to hire someone ordinary. We want to believe that if they can do it, I can too.
It is the evolution or devolution of something, that draws us in. There is a threshold where idolizing is healthy and reassuring, but past that it is detrimental. How we entertain ourselves reveals so much more than most people think.