I would sum up my experience of film from my childhood as James Bond meets Bollywood
Looking back on my younger childhood, I have memories of films. I can remember some of the films which I watched as a young child, in particular the films I would rewatch or the films I have watched again since.
I don’t come from a family that is exceptionally fanatic about film, but, to me, movies bring people together. Perhaps this belief comes from growing up and watching films with family and friends.
However, I do come from a family of mixed culture and this has influenced the movies I watched and the movies I watch today.
One of my earliest memories is going to the cinema. My Grandma took my brothers and I to see Toy Story and I recall sitting on booster seat to see over the other cinema seats. I thought it was fantastic, and to this day, Toy Story remains in my list of favourite movies.
Whatever it is that sparked my interest in film, I am grateful for it.
In June 2012 I posted a blog following a discussion that I had in French class. Well I’d like to revisit this topic.
I no longer study French, and no longer have the opportunity to study and talk about films in detail. I’m sure my friends would soon get sick of me yapping on about film scenes and ideas. But it is something I still think about regularly.
In a way, film is a form of escapism. I still maintain the thought that film transports you to another world – or at least a reality that is not your own. We may be sedative audiences, but we are not passive.
Yes, it is true that viewers can find similarities and parallels between the movie and their own life. Some people may find comfort in knowing that the actors in their favourite movies are going through similar life struggles, whilst others feel happier forgetting about their own life and drift into a 2 hour alternative.
In French class we discussed cinema – what it means to people, what is so popular about it and why people enjoy it.
Well by the end of the discussion we came to the conclusion that cinema brings people together, it is a social opportunity, it can be a time to relax and unwind. But cinema takes you to another place, although you are sat in your cinema seat with the sticky floor beneath you, you are transported to another world. This brings me on to the topic of this blog. For the duration of the film, we, as the audience, are focused on; the plot, the characters and what’s happening within the movie. The viewer can forget about what is going on in their own life for this brief period, so is this escapism?
When faced with a stressful situation earlier on in the day, it was suggested that we leave the house and physically remove ourselves from the problems. What was the suggestion? It was my brother who suggested that we go to the cinema and watch The Dictator. However, we did not go and see it, instead the idea got me thinking that yes, cinema is a temporary method to escape from your own life, but on the other hand we find ourselves watching movies that are close to reality and yet still enjoy them.
I’d like to hear what others think about this, leave a comment if you have things to add or say, I’m sure this could lead to an interesting discussion.