Movies and you. Film - a powerful visual medium that conveys an idea through pictures and music. Yet, it is a very queer medium too, isn't it?
I like watching Vijay's movies. Now, for those who do not know what the sentence means, Vijay is one of the top heroes of Tamil cinema and if you want to relax and put your brains aside for sometime, you got to definitely watch his flicks. The plot would be so obnoxiously stupid that I find it hilarious, and I find the guy ridiculously amusing. His movies are the perfect example of the 'masala' entertainer genre which has no messages, no sensibility, no impact or no logic. Yet, I will not miss buying a ticket for it at an expensive theatre.
So here is the cache - I do not mind spending a lot and watching a commercial no-brainer in an expensive theatre with good effects, but I would hesitate to do the same for a movie which receives rave critical reviews. If it is a non-commercial, realistic movie, I would hesitate more.
Sounds lame? Here is the point - Movies IMPACT me A LOT. One does have to agree that movie is a form of story-telling. So, you got to tell a story that sells. And for a story to sell, it got to be interesting. This is where you mix in elements of fantasy and a certain bit of 'feel-lucky' realism. Afterall, you would not pay to go and watch the same things that happen day after day in your household. And hence, the creatives of the industry feed inputs of interesting characterization and adventurous plots. This is not all. Plot and characterization exists in novels as well. Yet, the screen has a bigger influence for two reasons:
1. The visual effects - Seeing sure IS believing. With the modern technology of multimedia and graphics/animation, life has never seemed more colourful and fascinating than on the big screen.
2. Music - A HUGE factor on creating impressions on the mind
With all these combined, for three hours , you are transported to another world - a world with amazing ( and good-looking) people, never-ending possibilities of action, idealistic romance, miracles and what not. Well, so far, good. I heartfully appreciate the artistic talents of all those involved in creating this world of dreams and magnificence. The rapport with the screen started right from the scenes of introduction, where you got involved with the character and the impact-graph took a steep rise with the adventures and challenges faced by these characters, taking you along on an adrenalin high and finally ended with a bang. The closing credits roll and the cinema hall is lighted again. The music has stopped now and you rise up and move out along with the 'mass', the only music around you now being the insynchronous dischord of ruffle and human noise. Now, this is the point where I seriously experience a big 'low', a sudden disillusion, like a person inabruptly woken up from the middle of a dream without a warm-down. I feel a terrible sense of insignificance. Yes, INSIGNIFICANCE is the word. My life and my world suddenly feels very common and extremely lacking anything special. And this is the reason why I really am not a movie-buff. If it is a dumb movie, well, there is no impact in the first place and knowing every minute that what i am seeing in bull shit, there is no transportation to another world. (Hence, the vijay episodes ;D)
I was quite sure that I stood alone in this quality. Afterall, everyone seems to be devouring movies these days and talking about it. I reasoned that perhaps I was too prone to fantasy and hence get farther and more easily disconnected from the real world when watching a movie, thus experiencing a bigger drop from the fairy tale state.
However, after reading this article, I derived some consolation. Perhaps this disconnection does occur in everyone, though with differing levels:
Yes, it sure did! If decent tamil flicks leave me feeling low, you can imagine the kind of impact that an amazingly created hollywood fantasy blockbuster would have done to me. The human mind....sigh!