The Best Things That Can Happen When You Watch a Great Movie

The fourth best thing that can happen when you watch a great movie is you’re watching a great movie. This is fairly self-explanatory.

The third best thing that can happen when you watch a great movie is when you don’t know anything about the movie going in and it turns out to be a great movie. This is the joy of discovery.

The second best thing that can happen when you watch a great movie is when you expected it to be a bad movie and it turned out to be a great movie. Anyone who’s honest will admit to sometimes going into a movie expecting it to be bad; anyone who loves film always, in these conditions, hopes to be proven wrong. And when you’re proven so wrong that the movie isn’t just good but great? This is the joy of surprise.

The best thing that can happen when you watch a great movie is when you’ve seen the movie before – maybe once, maybe a dozen times – and suddenly you realize its greatness. A scene, a shot, a mood, anything you can’t believe you never noticed before. Suddenly, everything clicks. You see it, the magnificence, appear before you. The movie opens up to you in a whole new way. You’re floored. This is the joy of revelation.

And it’s wonderful.

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