Clearly, whoever watched the commentary was an idiot.
Also, even more clearly, I was not much of a fangirl at a young age. Or very logical.
But, now that I am older and have a greater fascination with the things I choose to devote my time to, I spend far more time rewatching the films and TV series I love with the commentary on than my childhood self would have anticipated. (For the record, yes, I now know that the commentary exists for people familiar with the movie—not for first-time watchers.)
Still, if you aren’t convinced yet, I have a few reasons that you should consider checking out the commentary for YOUR favorite shows and movies!
1. You Get a New PerspectiveIt’s one thing to see the finished product and think about it only as that finished product. People tend to consider movies especially as a glamorous art—but even if you’re working in the entertainment industry, it is still a real job. When I hear the voices of the people who did those jobs, I gain a new appreciation for how they made this thing that I love into something that I love, and that’s really cool.
2. There are Amusing Fun FactsThere are a ton of things that you don’t know about your favorite movie/show and never will, but one way to get interesting tidbits is by watching the commentary. For example, in the fourth season finale of Leverage, they film in front of a waterfall. The history behind that waterfall involves a newly married couple who went canoeing on the river and decided to get their hanky panky on in their boat, not realizing that there was a waterfall up ahead. They went over and died. See what interesting things you can learn?
3. It’s FunnyI mean, maybe not the laugh-out-loud comedy film of the year funny, but people who make awesome stuff are usually awesome people, too! It’s interesting to see how their senses of humor contribute to the making of the episode, and how they interact with one another.
4. It Can Help YouI think I’ve watched about 85% of the Leverage episodes with commentary, and something I really value in those is that they often provide writing advice in relation to something you see on screen. And sure, maybe their direct audience is young filmmakers, but I would say that getting to hear experienced writers discuss their trade is a huge help! You never know what they have to teach you.
5. You Get Fangirl PointsScrew reading the books. If you watch all three extended versions of Lord of the Rings with the commentary on, then I need no further proof that you are the most ultimate of fans. Likewise, the fact that you’re willing to invest even more time in that thing that you love demonstrates your commitment to that thing you love. And that’s pretty cool too.
I’m thinking about rewatching some of Castle’s first season with commentary, just because there are some insights I’d love to see into the show… Best get started!