There is no such thing as a good movie or a bad movie.
Every movie is unreal and basically a lie trying to sell itself to every member of the audience.
It all boils down to Suspension of disbelief (SOD).
When this phrase was first used for books, the onus was on the reader and not the writer to achieve SODhood.
That’s the same thing with movies.
The viewer can either choose to happily believe what he sees (=SOD) or go on with his utter disbelief (=absence of SOD).
If a viewer achieves SODhood, then he even delights in the little things.
If he doesn’t achieve SODhood, then even a brilliant piece of cinematic work will look ridiculous.
That’s why a movie that is considered “greatest ever” by a critic is considered utter trash by millions of viewers.
And vice versa!
Even the worst of movies will end up finding a small fan following.
Even the best of movies will find some fierce critics.
There are many important ingredients of movie making.
But the most important ingredient of movie watching is simply SOD!
SOD is in your head and no-one really knows when, why and how the SOD factor will kick in—or not!
But it’s the difference between a SODingly good movie and one which makes absolutely no SODing sense.
So basically if you enjoy a movie, just enjoy it and tell the whole world to SOD off!
© Sunil Rajguru