I want to talk for a bit about the emotions that films can bring out of us. Specifically, how physically angry a film can make us feel. The other day I received an e-mail from a friend of mine talking about how much he hated the film Passengers (dir. Rodrigo Garcia, 2008). The film made him want to demand his money back and he heeded that I never see this film for myself. I'm the kind of guy who is satisfied with about 75% of the films he sees. I wouldn't even go as far as to say Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (dir. Betty Thomas, 2009) is a bad movie because you get what you ask for when watching it. There are still movies that make me physically angry. Why don't we take a trip down memory lane.
Van Helsing (dir. Stephen Sommers, 2004) nearly made me pop a vein in my forehead. This was mostly in part to how excited I was to see the movie. I was thinking, "Wolverine is going to tear up some monsters and its going to rock." During the entire 131 minutes of the movie all I could think was, "Why are you ruining it on purpose? Why do you hate me?" Van Helsing had been successful in creating a concept that would win over a 16 year old boy. It got me into the theater on opening weekend and had my excited about sequel opportunities before I even saw it because I had a 'no way this will blow mentality.' Van Helsing did everything right but deliver on the movie. It made me swear off Hugh Jackman. We all have seen a movie that has a great concept but was put in inept hands and therefore blew like a train whistle. I felt the same way about I Am Legend (dir. Francis Lawrence, 2008). The source material was superb but they ignored all of it in favor of a clunky movie with a Shrek reference. Movies have the task of deciding what the public wants to see and making it. It can be insulting watching a movie that is so drab. It feels like the studios think you're an idiot and will eat up drivel like Paul Blart: Mall Cop (dir. Steve Carr, 2009). An insult to your intelligence is sure to boil the blood.
Whether or not we see a film that makes us sing praises or see a film that makes us hate human existence we still display a distinct emotion towards it. Its funny the type of emotional turmoil we can be put through in the span of 2 to 3 hours. Good or bad, films have an effect on us. There is a richness to films that only requires a few hours to form an opinion and everything you need to know is right in front of your eyes.