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The over-analysis of movies

I watched Transformers 3 recently and it was not half bad. Of course when I told people they looked at me with disgust, comments such as ‘OMG the story line was so lame’ or ‘how can you like that it is so unrealistic’. Well, yes, it is an unrealistic film and for a cartoon adaptation the story line will not be a mind blowing one. But what it does have is entertainment, for all our childhood memories watching Transformers on the big screen is a treat.
Unfortunately nowadays people feel the need to analyse any and everything in society, nothing is taken for face value. What is more disappointing is that more people will take what a minority say as being ‘god’s truth’. When movies first came out they were for the public’s “entertainment”, a simple 10 minute clip of a man waddling down the road and being hit in the head drew laughs and more importantly the crowds. In today’s society if a film like that was shown the critics would have a field day, ‘lame’ or ‘immature humour’ or ‘lack of character development’.

Personally films should not always be analysed and critiqued, sometimes it will do just to sit back and enjoy what is before us. For me sitting down in front of the tv means I want to switch off my brain and let my mind drift with whatever is before me.

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  1. October 24, 2011 at 9:59 am

    Its fair to say that films can be over analysied, but is this not the point? A film, in most cases anyway, is an artform created to encourage personal interaction and debate. Originally films were created as art and then adapted into entertainment once their potential was discovered. I think that people should be encouraged to engage more with what they see. but then again i am slightly biased on this topic as I ‘m currently studying film narrative cinematography as part of my course.

    • October 24, 2011 at 11:07 am

      True, I agree with your point that it is an art which was designed to encourage debate and interaction. But can art also just be enjoyed for its face value? Engaging with what you see is important, but at times I feel just like a book a movie can be an escape from reality

  2. October 24, 2011 at 10:11 am

    well if what you want is just a form of escapism (to switch off ur brain and let mind drift) then only criteria for judging movies is how well they do it .

    but if others want something more that engages their mind and heart and perhaps even transform those two things, and through that the world (either for real or merely how the viewer sees world ) then they should be free to expect more. after all movies ( and other art) can do /have done all that too. why should we limit ourselves?

    as such they should be free to ‘analyze’ the movie to understand effect it aims at, its techniques, and its success/failure.

  3. October 24, 2011 at 3:13 pm

    Yes, I do also believe that film and art can be used as a means of escapism in some cases. Although escapism arises from your immersion in art which technically is engagement with art. So you can’t really avoid engaging with art.

    • October 24, 2011 at 3:37 pm

      But is engaging the same as analysing?

  4. October 24, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    No they are very different. But you can’t analyse without engegement.

  5. October 24, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    That is what I mean; to engage does not mean you have to analyse, but to analyse you have engage

  6. October 24, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    Unless you count the fact that your mind is constantly analysing everything you see, hear and interact with?

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