I like action movies and comedies. Occasionally (read as “when my wife makes me”) I will go see a romantic comedy. Sometimes I will even see a popular indie film if it seems like an interesting premise (Robot & Frank and Safety Not Guaranteed come to mind), but I’ve never really been one for dramas. And I think that’s ok. I know what I like and more importantly, I like the movies that I like.
Every year, usually around the time the Oscars nominations are announced, I and many fellow movie lovers, can get pressured into seeing movies that they would normally never watch because they are getting a lot of hype and have been nominated for awards. That’s fine and I’m all for expanding horizons, but at the end of the day, I know what types of movies that I like and what types of movies that I generally do not like. I tend to stick to those because they reduce the chance of my feeling like I just wasted 2 hours of my time (or more).
Silver Linings Playbook was a smashing success, racking up multiple awards and great word of mouth that gave it a good box office run. Many critics and moviegoers alike raved about it. When I watched it I just thought that it was okay. It’s not bad, just not really my type of film. I feel similarly about the most recent version of Anna Karenina. I watched it and thought the visuals were interesting, but overall, it didn’t really do it for me either. Both got a lot of critical and award cred, but had I not seen them, well I don’t think I would have felt like I missed out on too much.
If you like those types of films, more power too you, but that’s what this blog entry is really about anyway. Know what types of movies you love and NEVER feel bad about that. There’s a lot of value in understanding your “go-to” types of movies and embracing the fact that you love those films. Sure, every now and then you get a dud (For instance, I also like fantasy films, but the movie Eragon was atrocious), but generally speaking, you’re probably going to walk away feeling like that was time well spent, regardless of what movie pretentious movie critics or even your friends say.
So enjoy your favorite genre, whether that be superhero flicks, science fiction, cheesy horror, chick flicks, or stoner comedies. Forget what movie snobs say and keep on watching your favorite types of films and be proud of that. There really is no wrong or right when it comes to your favorite movies. Just because a film has won a lot of Oscars or Golden Globes doesn’t mean that you have to like it or even watch it. On the flip side of that, just because a movie has been panned by critics and stunk it up at the box office, doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy it. Pauly Shore fans have been living this way since the 90s.