I was reading this article the other day when I got to thinking how true it is that there are movies out there – good, powerful movies – that I have no intention of ever watching again.
As I watch movies from IMDB’s top 250, I can appreciate how good some of them are with fine acting and plots that were important beyond the realm of the movie. Schindler’s List, for example, is a fantastic movie. It was shot in a stylistic black and white and portrayed absolutely horrific scenes about the Holocaust that we as human beings have to know about to prevent it from happening again. It was full of feels, and in the end brought even this hardened critic to tears.
And that’s not the only movie. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest was thoroughly entertaining and provided an inside to a flawed mental health institution. I’ve already mentioned the beautiful juxtaposition of drama and slapstick that made up Life is Beautiful. Witness for the Prosecution is a smart movie with a delicious twist at the end. And yet with all these wonderful movies, it’s the ones like Scary Movie 3 that I’ve seen umpteen times. It’s not because it has the power to change the world, but the power to lighten my mood. Schindler’s List and American History X are hard to watch. The tension, the subject matter, they stay with you after the movie ends. And I think that’s why we only watch them once.