. . . you decide to see it?
I’ve been thinking about this ever since the discussions over certain recent political and/or religious movies (which shall remain nameless.) During these discussions, many people said words to the effect that “you can’t judge the movie if you haven’t seen it.” During these discussions, I always thought to myself “but I judge movies before I see them all the time, it’s how I decide if I’m going to spend my time and money on it.”
So my question is, what do want to know about a movie before you decide to go to it. What makes you decide if your going to see it opening night? on video/DVD? on free tv? Are there any things that ensure your that you’ll skip it?
For me, there are a few:
- R rated movies aren’t verbotten, but it has to be very well recommended to get over my initial reaction that I don’t want all the violence & language.
- screwball comedies have 2 strikes against them in theaters, but I’ll rent them if I hear they are good.
- “Intellectual” or “Important” or “Oscar-Worthy” movies, I generally wait until video. I want to be able to pause, rewind and think.
- Well-reviewed (by my friends) special effects based movies (i.e. Spider-man 2) are usually the only things that gets me to a noisy, uncomfortable movie screen. I’d usually wait to get them on video/dvd.
- I used to go to any Kenneth Branaugh (Sp?) movie, but that stopped with Wild Wild West.
How about you? And please, refrain from a rehash of old arguments about the aforementioned certain recent political and/or religious movies.