CSUSB students reveal their true love for odd-ball sci-fi horror movies and thought provoking romance films.
When it comes down to it, what makes us want to go see a movie? Is it the plot? is it the actors or is it all the hype that is correlated with the movie?
“When I go watch a movie, I look for depth. I don’t like movies that are super predictable or that want to just entertain. They have to be thought provoking and different.” said student Celina Delgado.
She continues, “My favorite movie is “500 Days of Summer” because it doesn’t sugarcoat anything. That’s how I like movies to be. They have to be realistic.”
When asked about what makes her want to watch a movie, student, Jessica Magaña, said “Engagement, it needs to capture my attention from beginning to end, I prefer to watch a movie that has a message to give, if it’s based on a real life story situation that’s even better.”
Some students look for the message and the meaning that a movie is trying to portray in order to captivate their mind, keep them interested while others can agree that suspense, excitement and the gorgeous actors is what captivates the audience.
“What makes me want to watch a movie is the action, excitement and thrill. What grabs my attention are the sexy actresses such as Emma Stone, Cameron Diaz and Lucy Lu,” said movie enthusiast, Jorge Valletiera.
But what is it about the actors that makes us want to go see a film?
Perhaps it’s the high celebrity status that an actor/actress has or their actual performance in the movies. Maybe it is a deep desire of envisioning ourselves within the story line or it can be us simply falling in love with the idea of an actor portraying a certain character.
Delgado said, “A lot of people only pay attention to actors they are familiar with and based on that, they will decide whether or not to watch a movie,” she continued, “I don’t pay attention to the actors because every actor has a good role and a bad role, so I choose [not] to watch a movie because a well-known actor is in it.”
She also mentions how good movies such as independent films, don’t get that much recognition because they are not promoted as mainstream movies are.
Do directors and producers have anything to do with why certain movies get more recognition than others?
I think most of us can agree that if a famous director or producer has made hit films that have topped the box office charts that we’ve loved than we are more likely to watch another film by them just because they directed/produced it.
From personal experience I can say that I saw “The Purge” mainly because Jason Blum was one of the producers.
He had previously produced some of my favorite horror movies such as “Insidious” and “Sinister”.
Others however, agree that the trailer has a lot to do with gaining viewers and that if a friend recommends a movie than they’ll definitely watch it.
“As long as the trailer catches my attention I’ll watch it, or if someone recommends a particular movie than I’ll watch it.” said Magana.
With millions of movies out there for us to see, we hold the ability to watch any solely based on others recommendations or even dig into a creepy sci-fi horror film because our options are endless.