I’ve taken some time recently to reflect on what makes good cinema. There are stories that evoke a palette of emotions from us. We laugh, we cry, we cheer, we become outraged or shocked. Movies take us on journeys that we could never expect.
The key thing about a movie is that it’s a shared universe. Not like all movies take place in the same universe as each other, but when you and I and our friends go see movies, we’re all seeing the same movie. It’s not like a book where our inner imaginings use the same words to paint different pictures. Each reader creates a slightly different world, but when you see a movie, each viewer sees the world the same way.
On the downside, people always say that the book is better than a movie made from it. This is because every thought is known, every action explained, and the author has a chance to include every scene he or she wants to. Movies have time and pacing considerations, and budget restraints.
This is all true. However, when’s the last time you watched a book explode in 7.1 surround sound?
I keep getting excited for future movies. It’s hard to say how it compares to the exuberance I felt as a child when new movies or TV shows or toy lines were coming out. Am I as excited for Captain America: Civil War as I was for Gremlins back in 1984? Who can say?
When’s the last time you watched a book explode in 7.1 surround sound?
Certainly, I spend less time thinking about the next big movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) than I did thinking about Steven Spielberg’s next big thing when he was behind movies like E.T. and Back to the Future (yes, I know he was just a producer on that). But I also had fewer concerns when I was a wee lad mastering multiplication and such back in the mid-1980s. It was easy to get excited about a new movie when you had only seen a dozen or so in your entire life.
Nowadays, I’ve got a lot more in my brain as far as movie experiences. While one can just look at the continued experience of having expectations met, exceeded, or woefully disappointed… Is that how you say that? Your expectations were disappointed?
Anyway, if I had the mind of a 4-year-old, maybe I’d be excited about this one thing and one thing only. That would be awesome. If there were no room for worrying about paying bills, managing job responsibilities, or any of that adult nonsense, I could just focus on being stoked for Captain America: Civil War, and maybe how many Junior Mints I can fit in my mouth.
But I’m a mature and complex figure. I can be excited about many things and worried about many things at the same time. I can have multiple emotions about the same thing. I can have a love-hate relationship with Batman v. Superman (which I do). I am a diamond, I’m so multifaceted.
That all being said, I’m unequivocatedly excited about the Cap movie. I’m excited about Spider-Man showing up in the MCU. I’m amped about seeing Black Panther kick the shinola out of some of my favorite heroes. I’m looking forward to seeing Iron Man try and fail to punch Captain America’s lights out. I am generally thrilled about any movie in the MCU because they’ve all been good.
It also brings me one step closer to my vision of having all movies take place in the same universe. One step closer to seeing Superman and Batman try to take out Godzilla. One step closer to watching a movie about James Bond trying to stop Dr. Frankenstein from reanimating Mr. Potter from It’s a Wonderful Life, only to be thwarted by Alfred Hitchcock throwing flocks of birds at him while some lady in a diner says “I’ll have what she’s having!”
It’s almost summer. I’m damn excited.