|via Jennifer Finley|
And why do I enjoy it so much?
1. There’s Less of a Time CommitmentUnless you are reading a picture book, or unless you’re that girl that can read the Harry Potter books in a day, then you know that it takes a few hours to get through a book. Feature-length films tend to be between 1.5–3.5 hours—there are always exceptions, but in general, it takes less time to get through a movie than it does a book.
2. You Can Do It With Other PeopleIt is one thing to write a blog post about your feels, or type the massive feels you feel on your phone or Facebook or whatever. It is another thing entirely to be sitting on the couch with Elizabeth watching the series finale of Leverage while she is SOBBING and you are SCREAMING and you are both EMOTIONALLY TRAUMATIZED A LA VEZ AND YOU ARE BOTH NOT OKAY TOGETHER AND IN REAL TIME. (It doesn’t sound like a benefit but it is.)
3. It’s Easier to Spot Visual Cues and SymbolismPrior to watching said series finale, Elizabeth and I marathoned New Moon, Eclipse, and Breaking Dawn, Part 1. New Moon has arguably the most symbolism of any of the movies. I noticed that Bella tends to wear brown and green around Jacob and blue around Edward—much in comparison to the russet liveliness of the werewolf and icy cold of the vampire. It’s actually a pattern that continues through the rest of the movies, as well. Writers put the same things into their writing, but you have to imagine the details yourself—you don’t have the option of simply picking them out from a screen.
4. Rewatching is a Feasible and Easy Thing to DoA half-hour into New Moon, Edward breaks up with Bella—he hugs her and kisses her one last time before leaving her, for her own good. As he did that, I said, “Arms, take your last embrace. Thus, with a kiss… I die.” Elizabeth looked over at me and she was like, “Wow, you know your Shakespeare.” The fact is, I do not—Edward actually speaks those lines aloud in English class a few scenes earlier. Having seen the movie a few times, I not only know that scene very well, but I’m able to apply it somewhere else—familiarity helps me see into what I’m watching better.
5. MusicThe Twilight movies have an epic soundtrack. So does Dead Poets Society. And if you have never heard any Lord of the Rings music, then you, my friend, are missing out. This seems like a very simple thing, and indeed it is, but believe it or not music helps to carry a story—to tell a story—and it is part of what makes a movie amazing. (Come on—you don’t think Darth Vader would be nearly as scary without the “Imperial March,” do you?)
Watching movies is one of my favorite pastimes, not only because of its social implications, or because of the music or the visual symbolism—although they’re all great. What I really love is the format. I’ve taken video classes, I’ve seen some amazing actors and actresses put a story to the screen, and in the end, I think movies are beautiful, beautiful works of art (when they’re done right).
Don’t get me wrong—books are amazing too. There’s just something magical about the cinema… Something I love to watch, again and again.