Dissatisfaction… Why Do You Go to the Movies?

Posted: May 12, 2018 in Storytelling, Thoughts on art ministry and life
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I am loath to be critical of another artist’s work, but yesterday I went to the movies and today I find myself all kinds of irritated. On paper, this movie looked phenomenal—a multitude of great characters, and great actors coming together in what was sure to be an epic masterpiece of the genre and this thing had its moments but by and large, I really didn’t like it. i’m talking about Marvel Studios’ latest, The Avengers: Infinity War. Now to be clear, I’m not as involved in the Marvel Universe as I once was, and perhaps a lot of this is explained more clearly in the comic books, but I can practically write what’s going to happen next. I have a feeling it’s revealed in the title of the film, but I digress, this is not what I want to see in a movie. I also know well the old saying, “All’s well that ends well,” and I think that’s my issue, this thing does not end well, even setting up a multitude of sequels, this does not end well.

I posted a little gripe on Facebook after shelling out my hard earned money to see this thing, and one person replied how he was glad to finally see a Disney/Marvel movie that doesn’t have a happy ending, because it’s more like real life. I will admit I kind of wanted to scream (just a little), “Who watches Marvel movies to see real life?” I don’t and that’s what really triggered this post. I don’t go to the movies to see reality. I go to movies to see good triumph over evil, because while I have faith that is the ultimate destiny of our world, in this present day, it happens far too rarely. Movies are an escape for me. I want to spend two hours of my life watching something that will uplift and inspire me. I fully understand cliff hangers and setting up sequels, but at the end of a movie, I at least want to feel hopeful. I think of a recent Star Wars Movie. Not The Last Jedi, the one before it where, spoiler alert, literally everybody dies. That movie came close to this but at the very end, we see that they did not die in vain and hope was restored, setting up the storyline for perhaps the most beloved fictional storyline ever.

Marvel/Disney, I don’t mind a good cliff hanger, but you can do better than this. I see very few movies in the theaters anymore. The prices are just way too high. I understand prices have to be that high because of how much is spent on them, but my budget is such that I can’t always afford to go. The movies I do go to see in theaters are the ones that I know are going to be epic in scope, that will benefit from a huge screen, and I go to see Christian movies as often as I can because I am trying to support the films amd the people who make them. That being said, if you’re going to end them this badly, I’ll be waiting for them on one of the countless sources available. I never go to a superhero movie for a dose of reality. That should be common sense. I go to the movies for some escapism and a chance to be reminded of the ultimate triumph of good over evil.

I was highly disappointed in Infinity War. Why do you go to the movies?

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