I had a conversation with a friend yesterday about my thoughts on ‘Allied’. As some of you may know, I very much disliked it and criticized it a lot in my ‘Allied’ review. My friend said that he actually really enjoyed the movie and asked me why I hadn’t liked it. I told him that the plot was ridiculous, the characters were meaningless, the direction was choppy, etc. He said that none of that really matters when the movie made you feel and impacted you. So I started thinking: what’s the most important things a film should be? Is it more important for it be a well-written and well-made production or is it more important that it impacts you?
Of course, my friend made a good point. If ‘Allied’ made him feel something and he left the theater changed somehow, what does it matter if it’s a good production on a technical level? But then again, I think I had a point as well. Every movie can find someone to impact, but not every movie is a good movie. Of course, it’s different with ‘Allied’ because I don’t know anyone who disliked it as much as I did, but you get my point.
I rate films on seven categories: acting, directing, technical parts (lighting, sound mixing, editing, etc.), plot, characters, whether a film knows what it is, and whether I overall liked it. I rate films this way because I don’t think you can just give a film a rating and not say anything about it. There is something bad in every movie and there is something good in every movie. But then again, does all of that matter when the film made you feel? I, personally, think it does. So what is the most important thing a production should do? I think that, overall, one is not more important than the other. It’s not more important that a movie is well-made and it’s not more important whether it impacts the viewer. They both matter. Equally? Well, that really depends on the person watching the film, doesn’t it? To me it is more important that the movie has good directing, coherent plot, etc., but to my friend it might be more important whether the film is impactful and there is nothing wrong with that. You can rate a movie with your heart and you can rate it with your brain. Ultimately, I think the most important thing a film should do is reach and impact both.
Thanks for reading,
P.S. Based on this, I’m changing my rating scale a little bit soon. Expect the changes on Saturday/Sunday when I post my ‘Split’ review & analysis.