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I believe it was Aristotle who placed a hierarchy of the elements of a play (which would apply to movies) in order of importance


Spectacle was viewed as the least important which would include Set, Special effects and Cinematography.

There are always exceptions as these spectacle elements often set a mood and can be a character in itself - Lawrence of Arabia would be one and Blade Runner would be another off hand. And most of the big Marvel movies succeed because of CGI - otherwise you get the TV series: The Incredible Hulk - which with today's audiences would laugh at it. Even if some of the stories themselves in terms of plot are superior.

This is all to say that it depends on what one is after when going to the movies.

I look at it partially the way Martin Scorcese looks at it - some movies like the Marvel universe are not ART, but theme park rides.

Of course Scorcese forgets all the B movie schlock in the 1940s, 50s, 60,s 70s but I get his overall point.

Everyone looks at films through the background of their own lives. A person's upbringing - whether you grew up rich, poor, of one religion or another or none at all, Republican, Democrat, from one country or another.

One's value systems are at play. In France and England nudity was never an issue - it is viewed as natural - but in the states - man if a nipple is shown it's rated R. So these sorts of things play on every movie a person watches.

And one can explain to you why Casablanca is great but while that may hold some interest - the discussion itself - that probably won't make you like the film any more than you do now.

Scorsese on Marvel

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