Word Press Post A Day – When was the last time a movie, a book, or a television show left you cold despite all your friends (and/or all the critics) raving about it? What was it that made you go against the critical consensus?
All of these things are huge escapes for me. Dealing with depression, being able to escape into another world – reading, watching a movie, or a good TV show – they allow me to escape from my constant state of rumination about my problems, sadness, and pain. So, I partake in all of them quite frequently.
I generally always like movies I go to. I don’t really go to movies that don’t sound interesting to me, even if they are rated well by critics or audience members. Television shows I am kind of picky about too, I do not watch it that much. Book – well those I read a lot, and there are quite a few I have not liked, but usually I just don’t make it very far in them (so perhaps they got better had I kept reading?)
I actually think my problem with movies is, if the movie is made based on a book, I almost have always read the book already — therefore the movie is never as good as the book, thus making me not like it very much!
The Harry Potter Series, The Hunger Games Movies, Divergent, The Fault in Our Stars — some of these were very close to the book. But there were still details missing, even if they were just minor. Some were big things too. When you read the books though, you want everything to be included, which just isn’t possible in a movie. Unfortunately that is very disappointing and make you not like the movie very much.
There are other times though, that I find a movie absolutely thrilling when everyone else seems to think it is a load of crock! No one seemed to like The Secret Life of Walter Mitty – and I find that to be one of my favorite movies! He followed his dreams. He didn’t just sit back and let things take over and ruin his life. It was such a great story for me. Everyone around me thought it was pretty stupid, and I am sure many others feel the same. But to me, it really hit me. As a depressed person with self esteem issues – I found a lot of meaning in it.
In the end, everyone is going to have their own taste and style related to things. We must just all be open to accepting this. We have all been through different events in our lives and these things are going to affect how we perceive movies and why we like certain ones over others. Some people like different genres more than others, some people like reading more than movies, some people like movies more than reading. We are all different, and just because a critic says it is good – we might not like it. And just because a critic says it is bad, doesn’t mean that we won’t think it is amazing!