People often ask me whether I prefer movies versus TV shows. It comes up in simple conversation at the coffee shop, or even right at home. The reason for this, though, is that I’m obviously for one side more than the other, as I spend a great deal of my free time watching movies, almost exclusively.
I fight this war for movies. It is my understanding that with “A Game of Thrones”, “American Idol”, “Grey’s Anatomy”, etc, TV shows have wiggled their way into the habits, hearts, and hectic lifestyles of most of the population. But, there are a few reasons we should turn this tide to the side of movies for a bit, so listen up.
Most people I know choose not to watch movies because of length. They can’t handle being tied up for long enough to finish it without falling asleep. This is becoming more of an issue as our society turns faster and faster every day. But that is the trick of movies; the true test of their worth can be found in whether or not they are able to make that length of time enjoyable, and this is where movie watching becomes highly rewarding.
As soon as you are adjusted to length, you realize it is because of the story that is weaving itself into a tapestry of depth right in front of your eyes. Characters start out with a simple purpose, that becomes marred and transforms as the story pushes forward. People live, and people die, but the purpose of the movie remains: It’s not over yet. This constantly rolling intrigue is what keeps movie watchers going, so the time commitment really makes little to no difference. A good movie will leave you wondering how it was that you sat through it without noticing the time. Meanwhile, within that set window of time, a movie’s best interest is in telling the best story possible, bringing it to life, without wasting a single second of your time. Some movies to provoke a thought about this process:
– The Dark Knight
– The Titanic
To ride out good viewer following and standing with the populace, many, if not all TV shows resort to the dastardly trick of filler episodes, or episodes full of the same or similar set of circumstances already portrayed, but from a different angle than prior. I.E., just enough to keep you going. A movie is the polar opposite. Knowing that a movie has only one shot, it does its best to make sure you don’t forget why you watched it, starting and completing a story as quickly as it started, making you want more, naturally.
For the reasons above, I continue to watch movies on a daily basis. TV shows are meant to be viewed, but rarely make that seemingly convenient span of time worthwhile. Movies teach you the entire scope of a story and walk you through as much as it can, while bringing you on a grand adventure. Though, like all good things, a movie must come to an end. So bring the fight to your television, and watch on !