John Hancock’s Saving Mr.Banks is one of my all time favourite movies. The movie is a magical experience, and nothing less. So recently, I was reading some reviews about Saving Mr.Banks by the audience on IMDb. And that got me here. So, I was reading a review by a user called ‘tedbaccich4’ who said that Saving Mr.Banks sucked, just because he thought it would be a pleasant, fun experience for his family but instead turned out to be a dark movie about mature themes. What the f…. ?
I am disgusted by the banality of the audience while judging a movie. This user didn’t mention the heartbreaking score, the wondrous cinematography, the amaze balls performances by Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks. He said he didn’t like it because he thought it was going to be a ‘family-friendly’ experience but it turned out to be a depressing movie which his kids didn’t like. Maybe, we need to popularize another word in this vast ocean of English vocabulary ‘MARKETING‘. How can anyone judge a movie, and that too as great as Saving Mr.Banks, like that ?
Saving Mr.Banks, is first of all, a family-friendly experience. I went to watch it in the cinema hall, for it did have the credentials of Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson to its name. But what churned out of that white screen was not a motion picture, it was art, unsullied and unadulterated by any insipidity. And every person in that cinema hall shed tears at the climax. This is a rare phenomenon, I assure you. I had seen this happen only once previously, when I went to watch Taare Zameen Par.
I understand the frustration. My friend had experienced the same when he and I watched Nicolas Refn’s Drive. I was familiar with Refn’s filmography, I had read the novel as well, so I was prepared for what was going to be set into motion. But, the misinformed perception of my friend that Drive is an action movie caused him a major disappointment, after which he vowed to never watch a Ryan Reynolds movie again. (P.S. He did break it after a span of 72 hours when he discovered that there was a love making scene of Reynolds and Rachel McAdams in The Notebook.)
When John Schwartzman’s cinematography started visualizing on the screen, I knew I was watching something great. And great it was. See, the thing I love the most about Saving Mr.banks is that it sheds away from all the moronic material of the previous Hollywood fares created for the targeted audience of the movie. It isn’t inspirational, nor is it fun. It is heart-breaking, and stark true. It depicts life as it is, a wasteland with a few reservoirs (Nor reference to any Miller or Tarantino movies). And if people can’t appreciate true portrayals like this, or Tokyo Story, then they are unworthy of enjoying cinema.
Another problem is the history nerds. Stop a second, I am a history nerd. I love history as much as I love movies. If you are a regular reader, you may know that I am planning to take up archaeology once I finish school. But, it is so irritating when people just watch a bio-pic just so that they can point out the historical inaccuracies of it. I have an idea, buy a camera and make your won f…..g historically accurate (air quote intended) movie. I will prefer historically inaccurate The Imitation Game any time than historically accurate Patton. It is a movie, not a History TV documentary, people. Why can’t you just be the part of fun ? Some modifications have to be made so that people can enjoy it, live it.
Other pain-in-the-ass are the folks who hate the movie before even watching it. I was once going through the reviews of the audience about Selma on IMDb. One person had wrote that Selma is an insipid work of cinema which has been created by Oprah Winfrey so that she could mint money and create racial riots between people. First of all, I assure you, Selma is a gripping movie, which is great. Second of all, this guy knew he was going to have a negative outlook towards Selma after watching it. So why did he waste his money in the first place ? Was it like ‘I have to go to the cinema hall, watch Selma, a movie which I am going to hate, just so that I can give it a bad review’ ? Isn’t that sadistic ?
So, the next time you watch a bio-pic, keep the historical facts at home, and watch the movie as if it is just another motion picture which you would love to love, and not as those History Tv documentaries.
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