I’ve been trying to explain to the husband the difference between a good film – as in well acted, well directed etc and an enjoyable film. We watched Atonement last night and while I appreciate it was a “good” film I hated it. Nothing good happened in that film. *spoiler alert* A child was molested, another child blamed the wrong guy out of jealously and a vivid imagination, that man then went to jail, subsequently breaking big sisters heart, he was let out to be a soldier in WWII, saw big sister briefly (who had subsequent to the accusation abandoned her family and become a nurse) before heading to Europe where he then died. Big sister also died during the war. Little sister who witnessed the assault and accused the wrong man, grew up, became a nurse during the war, became an author wrote about it when she got old and was sorry, if a bit too late.*End of spoiler alert.*
Personally I like happy films, I’ve never seen the point in watching films that are horrible or just make you sad. A film is meant to be an escape, not something that makes you feel bad. Or at least that’s why I watch films. I nearly walked out a number of times during that film but the husband kept stopping me because he likes it. Though why that should be a consideration I don’t know. He point blank refuses to watch the Twilight series with me. I pointed this out last night. And he came back with a series of rather flawed arguments.
Mainly “but it’s well directed and acted and Kira Knightly.” He has a thing for Kira Knightly. And get this “it’s far more relatable than Twilight.” Me “How on earth is it relatable?” “The being in love bit.” “Umm… still doesn’t make it relatable.” Anyway, it’s not the kind of romance I’d know anything about thankfully. I find Bella and her awkwardness and loving someone she thinks doesn’t love her back infinitely more relatable. That I know something about. The fact that said boy is a vampire is neither here nor there, she still had her heart broken by the one she later ends up marrying. So far, so familiar.
Yes Twilight is not a “good” film, but I really enjoyed the series for the most part.
And there are loads of good, enjoyable films out there. The majority of Disney and the like for starts. I can’t wait to see Beauty and the Beast I hope they’ve not messed with it too much just for the sake of it. The trailers look awesome. I love Little Women, most Westerns (not the Searchers another good but horrible film) and musicals. I enjoy a good romcom and comedies in general. I can deal with thrillers for the most part if everything turns out OK, and they’re not too scary. Horrors are a no way definitely not in my world. Fantasy can be truly awesome. Though The Lord of the Rings is a tad long (and they left out Tom Bombadil who I love) and I downright refuse to buy the last Hobbit film I thought it was so awful, a real example of making a trilogy for the sake of money!