Last night, I braved the nerdy throngs to see Avatar at the Imax theater. Â It really was spectacular. Â The 3D rendering drew me in like nothing before, making a riveting epic from what mightÂ have been a flat and cliched story in another format. Â If I was the type of person who enjoyed movies primarily as a means of escapism, I might have said it was the best movie I’d ever seen. Â But that’s not the type of movie watcher I am. Â People approach the moviegoing experience in different ways, according to their own tastes and experiences. I tend to enjoy films that uncover layers of meaning in my life and make me think about myself and my life in new ways. Â Some people prefer movies that present an idealized version of reality. Some like to have the shit scared out of them. I’ve never understood horror movies, except the kind that I can laugh at.
What kind of movies do you enjoy most? Â Are you an escapist, an introspectionist, an idealist*, or something else entirely? Â Did Avatar live up to your expectations?
* I’ve just pulled these terms out of my ass, so feel free to dispute them or create your own.
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