Release the Kraken!
What has happened to the movie going experience? When did we become so critical over what is good and what isn't? I went and saw Clash of the Titans today and I have to say that I really enjoyed it. Was it the best action movie I have ever seen? No. Did it have the smartest dialogue in the world? Definitely not. Did I enjoy myself? Yes.

First off, you can't go to a movie where the only line spoken in the trailer is “release the Kraken,” and expect smart dialogue. I don't think the movie attempted that at all, so why are we striving to look for it? As far as the action went, it was pretty decent. It wasn't anything particularly new or revolutionary, but it served its purpose well. Clash of the Titans was supposed to be a campy action based summer blockbuster and they achieved that perfectly. So why are we looking for more?

It seems like everyone expects every movie to be bigger, badder, and smarter than its competition, but not all movies are meant to be that way. Some movies are just meant to entertain. I think we forget that and that our expectations are way to high.

Look at the movie Doom. It was based on a first person shooter known for its lack of any plot. The video game was only really known for bringing blood and gore into the computer world. So why would one go to see Doom in theaters and expect a plot? It was supposed to be a stupid, bloody, action flick and it nailed that all the way up to that awesome first person shooter sequence at the end.

A lot of people really hated the newest Indiana Jones They said it was too weird and they think it didn't take itself seriously enough. I feel bad for those people. They seem to have forgotten that Indiana Jones never took itself seriously. All of the movies were supposed to be silly B-movies. They just happened to be so iconic.

I guess the point I'm trying to make is that maybe we need to try and be a little less critical when going to the movies. We need to go into a movie with the right state of mind. The industry's job is to make money and entertain. You paid for the ticket so the first part is done. So why don't you sit back and enjoy what you watching.

Are all movies going to be cinema gold? No they won't. That doesn't mean you can't get a smile out of watching them. Not every movie is going to be an Avatar. So stop being so picky and sit down, throw your 3-D glasses on, and try not to throw up. Believe me you'll enjoy it.

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OneVoice   OneVoice wrote
on 1/4/2012 3:05:41 PM
I concur Jack - save one exception. Your insights are clearly expressed and to the point, but I'd entreat you to imagine for the moment, a world that suspends criticism and critical thinking/decision making. The beauty of those who never satisfy often bear fruit to seeds to new inspirations, aiding in the developments that push the human envelope/experiences to their capacity. Such criticisms 'can' be seeds to bigger and better things. This however does not contend with your view... we should try and enjoy what we watch w/o being overly critical... and I'd agree.

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