Film has become one of the most influential factors in modern society. From initiating new trends to educating the general public, films undoubtedly make an impression on the general public. Since the invention of the first film in the 1890s, film has become a visual documentation of the events of human evolution. Speaking of films produced for entertainment purposes, here’s a quote from Pulitzer Prize-winning film critic Roger Ebert:
“We live in a box of space and time. Film is a window in its wall. Film allows us to enter other people’s minds not only in the sense of identifying with the characters, but by seeing the world as others see it.”
Roger once said that art is the closest we can get to how foreigners feel and film as a mixture of audio and visual forms of art, makes for a very complex and sophisticated art form. There is an undeniable effect that movies have on our thought processes. When we come out of the theater after watching a movie, we leave with the thought that it must depend on the movie we are watching.
With our responsibilities in daily life, we go through various social and emotional aspects that keep us human. We live in a world with so many colors and variations of human aspects but we fail to recognize and enjoy them, while busy with our commitments. And that’s where movies are a sweet reminder of who we are and what we have.
Let’s take the example of “Forrest Gump” which depicts the innocence of a man, with a desire to make something of himself despite all his flaws. Or the newer “Happythankyoumoreplease”, which shows character, no different from those in our environment.
The characters in the reel world are no different from those in our real world and the challenges they face are just versions of the ones we face. And movies help us understand life from a different perspective.
Let’s take modern historical period films and old classic films, they are depictions of how things were in the past. As ordinary people, they tend to be reminders of our heritage, a source of memories and nostalgia. There are also movies like “Blade Runner” that give us an idea of how things will be in the future, and there are also those that make us laugh and have fun.
Educating us, tickling our funny bones to warn us of future events that could befall us, movies have an undeniable influence on our thoughts and actions.
There is a little bad with every little good
Film as a technology has evolved from a simple and fast moving image collection to a complex industry. With the growing popularity of technology, movies have now become an integral part of our daily lives. Be it in friendly chats among friends or daily news broadcasts, movies are one of the topics of discussion. Primarily as a form of entertainment, film as a whole is also listed as a source of informal education.
Many people tend to learn from films more than any other formal source, even though that may seem like an overstatement. In many underdeveloped countries, films and television series are used as a means of educating the population for social reform and bringing about overall change. There is no denying that films have a wide scope, but this can have a very bad effect, because not every film has the same human values.
Films that fall into genres such as historical dramas, historical war films, and biographical films are often criticized for taking liberties with historical facts. They were accused of bending the story to dramatize events and make interesting films. One such film was “Pearl Harbor”, which was released under much criticism. With filmmakers taking such liberties with historical matters, it’s disrespectful and inexcusable.
Because of such films, gullible audiences continue to believe a fiction to be fact, which is not a good thing. On the other hand, there are action and horror films that have been criticized for their violent content. Directors like Quentin Tarantino in Hollywood and Anurag Kashyap in Bollywood have their own reasons and logical explanations for the content.
Despite their plausible explanations, there is no denying that exposure to violence can cause personality disorders in children and other receptive demographics. There is a proper identification and category division process that the film goes through before its release to reduce these detrimental effects. But their presence is only as good as the implementation.
Movies are Stupid
“The point is not to avoid all Stupid Movies, but to avoid being a Stupid Moviegoer. It is a difficult task to separate the good Stupid Movies from the bad…” -Roger Ebert
Movies are often referred to as a stupid waste of time. The opinion itself is not wrong but we must remember that there are millions of films that represent a genre and there are many genres. Although not all of them deserve our attention, but not all of them are also worthy of our indifference.
Thus, the onus is on us to choose films that are worth the time. Actually the choice of films is different for each individual. And each genre of film is targeted at a specific type of audience.
Every work of Art is subject to individual perception and interpretation, films are no different. Just like any other art, every film has its own point of view and agenda. Film is the most expressive of all art forms and is able to cover a very large demographic without bias by color, age, or region. This benefits filmmakers with the power to impress large, vulnerable populations with their ideas. However, it is up to the viewer to choose the right film.
Connecting with movies
A film without a definite direction is a disaster, because it is often the director who sets the tone of the film’s subject. With good coordination with his colleagues, the director continues to create a masterpiece that is in harmony with our lives and mindset. This is when we will be sucked into a completely different world. And that’s the real satisfaction of watching a movie. Otherwise it would be a stupid waste of time.
But apart from the nuances in the production of the film itself, there are many factors that influence its relationship with the audience. One such case is “The Room” which was released in 2003 as an independent film. The film was written, produced and directed by Tommy Wiseau, who also starred in the film.
The film was completely butchered by the critics while it did good business. There are also DC movies like “Suicide Squad” and “Justice League” which, despite being heavily criticized, still made a lot of money. The reason there is a subject despite being poorly executed is well-liked by fans of DC comics.
Film has now become an inseparable part of human life style. It can be a form of social activity, where we will all come together to have fun. There is also one of the most important influences as one of the largest industries, employing a large number of workers.
Although the topic of socio-economic influence deserves another article, it cannot be denied that film has become one of the social activities. So we can try and divide film into good and bad but as an art form, film is just, an art.