After watching summer major movies such as Jurassic Park and Marvels Ant Man, I have realized there are 2 ways to rate movies. People lose their minds about how movies rate against others as well as how good a movie is compared when you hear about all the miscues and error riddled parts. Here is how I rate movies.
The first time I watch a movie it is called the 1st-emotional view. When you watch a movie for the first time, it’s all about how it makes you feel. Did you laugh, cry, did you get angry, feel what the movie and the actors wanted you to feel? The scenes that are supposed to make you feel something, did you? Does the movie bring life to your eyes and ears? Do you become obsessed with the characters and ache for a trilogy? Or vice versa. Are you wishing the movie was only 39 minutes long? Did you fall asleep or begin searching the web? That’s the magic of the emotional view rating.
The 2nd way to rate a movie would be to watch the movie and then do research. See what other people are saying about the plot holes, the missed links, and the crazy scenes that didn’t belong or were a waste. I guarantee that for movies such as thrillers, action movies, and dramas, you will have a change in your thinking about the movie. Before reading reviews and doing research, you may think the movie deserves an 85%, but after reading reviews about what was missed or not needed, you may feel the movie deserves a high 70. In my experience the ratings tends to trend downwards. The reason for this is because we feel a little betrayed after finding out how disappointing a section of the movie. A scene that once thought about does not make sense, or a simple solution could have saved the day. This is the 2nd way to rate a movie.
The reason I have decided this is important to write about deals with my experience with another film, World War Z. The film came out in 2013, but I did not watch it immediately because my friends reviews fell along the lines of not very good and stupid plot holes. A large part for the negative reviews was due to the way the zombies could be distracted or how the humans could be safe. In my head I decided I would wait till later when the movie was $1 on Redbox.
My review of the film, the emotional watch, was that it had several great scenes and kept me intrigued. The film does not take long to show action and killing. In my estimate, the time it took to get to the first zombie attack was around 10-15 minutes. Now, for a movie to be great or exciting the film does not have to follow a quick action scene. But, in this instance it worked well and got me right into the zone of watching out for zombies and other shock points. The movie moved along well with minimal amounts of dullness. The movie is approximately 1 hour and 56 minutes long. Many action movies today eclipse 2 hours and have several lull moments and spans. World War Z on the surface did well in my opinion, a solid 80. To give a reference point, I have rated The Dark Knight at 95, The Avengers at 83, Top Gun at 88, and I am Legend at 82. All these ratings are for emotional ratings, the first watch with no previous reviews.
A plot hole that showed itself after the research dealt with the scene in South Korea. Brad Pitt, the lead character, fly’s here to try and find the root of the zombie outbreak. A team of Navy Seals escort him there and they land at a facility with other soldiers. After his investigating, he decides to fly to Jerusalem to search for other answers. The Seal team and Pitt devise a plan to re-fuel the airplane and get him into the air and on his way. The problem is, why does the other soldiers that are already at the facility try and escape as well? It is obvious that there is no reason to be there and staying will likely end with death. In retrospect, this scene did not have much of an effect on my ratings system, but noteworthy.
The scene that did negatively affect my rating for World War Z dealt with how one of the cities to defend against the zombies successfully. According to Jurgen, who is an Israeli official, Israel intercepted an email from India talking about zombies. Since Israel’s and Jews have had many terrible events happen in its past, a team of ten people sort through all kinds of intelligence. In a confusing manner to the viewer’s his job is to investigate intelligence that is passed over by the other 9 officials. Jurgen investigates and decides to put in a plan to help save Jerusalem from the zombies. The problem lies with why Israel would not share the information. The film does not show or say as to if Israel warned other countries, but does say that Israel does not reach out to the other countries, at least the USA, about the wall they created and its strategies. In a real world sense, if the movie is following real world history, America has been a savior to them in many instances. You would think that Israel would want to help the country that has showed so much will to protect and help them. Another failure in this scene or scenes, is that we come to find out the zombies are attracted to noise and movement. In this scene, inside the wall the people begin singing and dancing because they believe they are safe from the hell that is being outside the wall. The film tries to portray that since these saved people are making a ruckus inside a massive walled in city, that the zombies are so attracted to this that they run up the wall using other zombies are ladders. The problem lies with the film showing us helicopters and airplanes taking off from the city. The film is trying to tell us that the 100 or so people shown singing inside this massive fort attracts the zombies more than an airport and air defense. That is just bad movie logic. This run of scenes affected my rating of the movie. The team o producers should not try to pull a fast one on us in this regard.