If you see a lot of movies, you will come to the inevitable and dispiriting conclusion that most of them are awful. The strange thing is that we keep coming back for more. For some reason, as viewers, we’re willing to cut movies a lot of slack. We really want to like a film; after all, we’ve taken the time to go see it, rent it, pay for it. The lights go down. The previews make all the films coming up look awesome.
Then the film comes up and, what, 9 times out of 10?, the film is bad. So why do we put up with it? I don’t know. Movies really test our patience for stupidity. I was watching 3:10 to Yuma last night, and, I guess I could see how you could get into it. But it was just so silly. All the guys were so tough (except that they’re not), drinking whiskey and shooting fast. The dialog was extra silly, especially littered with historical facts that seemed like they were there just to prove the writers had done some research. The plot was silly. Why did Russell Crowe stay behind and wait for them to catch him? What did they expect to happen when they got him on the train, for all the bad guys to just go away? The twist at the end made no sense at all. The whole film was full of stuff like that.
It’s weird. I mean, Russell Crowe was good. And Christian Bale was good. Didn’t anybody notice that the stuff they were saying was ridiculous? Or that, I don’t know, the guy that got shot in the gut is better the next day?
You could say this about most films. You could just pick them apart and wonder what the filmmakers were thinking. Not just Hollywood films. Indie films and foreign films are just as guilty at this stuff. For some reason, we’re willing to shrug off the stupidity and unconsciously reason, “it’s just a movie”.
It’s hard making a movie. There’s a lot going on and a lot of things have to be reasoned out, tones have to be set, etc., and it only takes one of those things to kill it, or at least wound it. These things have to be thought out thoroughly.
So how is it that some filmmakers always (or at least almost always) get it all so right?