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What Makes A Good Movie?


Art is a reflection of our society and life and movies are often regarded as modern expressions of art. They make us laugh and cry and we often love to quote them. They edify us and enlighten us.

Every year numerous movies are made by the film industries but all are not liked. Some top the charts while others are kicked out of the box office. Some become the hot topic of discussion for the critics while the others just escape their notice. In short, some get a thumps up while others a thumps down.

But how many of these, which get a positive feedback, are actually good movies? Well, it is not that simple to answer, as it seems. The topic is very much subjective. What seems good to some may not be the same for the others. What appears enjoyable to a few might not be enjoyable for others.

Then what exactly is a good movie? To generalize it, we can say that those movies which are liked by the mass and not merely by some class of people, could be considered as a good movie. But what are the traits that are needed for a movie to qualify as a good one. First of all, a movie should provide good entertainment. There are of course others. Let us look at some of them.

A good movie should touch our heart and make us talk or think about it, instead of just being the means for mere time pass. It should have the capacity to teach and inspire us and provoke us emotionally.

It should be educative as well. It should be able to let us know about something new. Nowadays movies are considered to be one of the most effective educational tools used to teach or educate people regarding certain issues. In short a good movie should have some educative value for the masses.

A good movie must also provide some elements of encouragement and inspire people towards successfully overcoming barriers. Movies are regarded as the mirror of life. But this is not all. There are some other factors also which make a movie a great one. The following factors are important.

The Plot: This is the most important part of the movie. Without a good plot a movie fails to attract and retain the viewers in the theaters. Even if they were drawn to it initially for some reasons, people would lose interest sooner than later.

The Characters: The second most significant factor of any good movie are the characters of the story. Without them there would be no story and no plot. Characters should be such that the audience like them.

Actors: We need good actors to make a good movie. Actors, who can justify the characters and make them, come alive in front of the audience. They must be able to portray the characters well so that people say that the characters are made keeping them in mind. They should blend themselves into the characters.

Script: Without dialogues movies look dead. Script is the life of movies so it should be very strong and appealing. A good script can even make people come and see the movie repeatedly. Last but not the least is the visual display of a movie with beautiful scenes.

By Victor Epand

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