Why People Watch Movies
There are many factors that can make movies a masterpiece, but certain elements are more important than others to tell a more compelling story. These are the elements that I judge a movie off of, so this is all based on opinions so it may vary from person to person. The story itself is what the audience looks for first when looking to buy a ticket, the visuals is what compliments the story along with music which is what ties everything together to make up the core components of a well-made movie and should be the main focus during production.
A good story
I believe film is the best form of visual art to trigger certain emotions in people. A good story is the main reason people watch movies, the visuals could be amazing, but with a lackluster storyline there is nothing the visuals could compliment. Most times, older movies have better storylines because there wasn’t much to focus on visually. Technology wasn’t advance enough to create stunning visuals back then, so the story is what filmmakers focused on, and exceled on considering most influential movies were older projects with less intense visuals. Keeping this mindset, I think that filmmakers focus on how compelling the story can be made even if they were on a budget and couldn’t afford equipment for greater visuals. This doesn’t mean that filmmakers need to reinvent the wheel and come up with stories that are completely original, most ideas are inspired by other great projects.
The aesthetics of a movie is really what attracts the viewers’ attention aside from the story. The cinematics can complement the story very well and can also make emotions stronger simply by changing the lighting or the color grading. When you watch an older movie, chances are you will compare the visuals to a newer film. Most times people will rate movies poorly when the visuals are not strong even though the story is compelling, which makes cinematics another core element when it comes to audience enjoyability.
Music is perfect for adding intensity to a film. If music is not done right, it can deeply affect the way a scene is viewed by the audience. Music and story go hand in hand when making a movie. For example, it wouldn’t make sense if you played a song from 2022 for a film set in 1985. A good example of music used in a film is Pixar’s Coco, they constructed a well-made story with beautiful visuals and music to compliment it.
In short, these key elements are what makes a movie interesting to watch. If one of these did go wrong, it can affect the film’s ratings because these factors complement each other and wouldn’t work without the help of one another. There are however other factors too that are taken into account, for example the cast can make a big impact on how the movie is portrayed. These three cores however can substantially boost the film and override bad casts.
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