Over the past few years it has become disparagingly commonplace for critics amateur and professional alike to concentrate much more on what they dislike about movies instead of sharing their passion for movies by sharing information about ones they love. I find this very disheartening, but within this trend of negativity, I discovered another strange occurrence. For some reason it has become cool to trash Popcorn Movies.
Popcorn movies have been around as long as film itself. In fact, the first film of a train arriving at a station shocked people and kept them coming back. There was no story, it was only minutes long, but the sensationalism of it made word of mouth spread like wildfire and people went to see it for one reason. Fun.
I think the trend probably started with Michael Bay’s Transformers. There are people out there that just love to hate Michael Bay. The problem with that is that Bay is an exceptionally talented technical director and loves to make…you guessed it…popcorn movies. He likes his audiences to go to the movies and have fun. Escapism. Everyone you talk to supposedly hated the Transformers films, yet even the third release in the franchise took in over a billion dollars worldwide. And the trend to trash these films tends to be focused here in North America as well; overseas audiences seem to have retained the ability to admit to enjoying popcorn movies.
This past weekend, everyone seems shocked that the new Texas Chainsaw movie made a boatload of money at the box office. Everyone says, “How could such a terrible movie have made so much money?” Problem is, the majority of people saying this have not seen it. It is this pre-judging that drives me crazy. It might be true, the movie might be bad, but how about judging after you see it? People went to see it because people like horror movies and especially like horror movie franchises. Plus, the marketing was well done. It’s a simple as that.
Buy I digress, the main point I want to bring forth here is that it is okay to like a fun movie, even if it is brainless fun. There is such a thing as a good time at the movies. So turn off reality, sit back and have a good time. Not every movie experience has to be Lincoln or Schindler’s List. Sometimes it has to be The Transporter or Hot Tub Time Machine.