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In Defense of Okay Movies

Nick Englehart

Posted on September 2, 2020 22:09

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This idea is just okay.

Every movie coming to theaters near you is a blockbuster! At least the ones you've heard about, anyway. If I went by publicity alone the only movies I could have seen in the last few years are all about "Space Wars" or splendorous avengers of … something. Costing the entire GDP of Tonga, blockbuster movies grip our culture and shape our Halloween costume choices. There is nothing wrong with those movies, and I am no gatekeeper. I enjoy them, as well as the video games and memes they produce — we can not forget the memes. I'm only here in defense of movies that are just okay. 

There's nothing so okay like an okay movie. As month seventy-twelve of the pandemic marches slothfully forward, my interest in watching television slowly wanes. I have re-watched all those things I've already watched and I've seen all those things once more that I'd already seen. I just can't watch Captian ... uhhh ... Yugoslavia defeat "EVIL" one more time. I need to watch something else. 

I start looking. There are way too many choices. Overchoice or choice-overload is a cognitive impairment in which people have a difficult time making a decision when faced with many options. The term was first introduced by Alvin Toffler in his 1970 book, "Future Shock," a book I have not read, but I'll take his word for it. To help with my choice-overload, I head to a review site and see what they think is, "Certified Fresh." There aren't many. 

A classic movie like You’ve Got Mail has a 69%. It would have to go to summer school like, in the movie Summer School with Mark Harmon, which got 68%. The reason we're all here, at this sentence, four paragraphs down the page is because I watched the Summer HBO hit, An American Pickle. It was … surprisingly charming. It was also, of course, stupid, but it wasn't bad. It made me wonder: "What other movies am I missing out on because I don't want to waste my time, or my money"? 

The internet has tricked me into thinking I'm constantly running out of time, that I have to find other people who tell me what's worth experiencing. I think I'm missing the point. Have they saved me from bad movies? I'm sure they have. Is it worth missing out on something okay? Maybe it isn't. Maybe I need something okay between the greatest of all time. If I went solely by the reviews I'd be watching Citizen Cane for the 10th time! (Or in my case for the first time. Rosebud?) 

I need to stop listening to everyone else about what I watch and like. Why should I trust a magazine named after a fruit candy to tell me what's in and out of time? After all, I have literally nothing better to do than sit down and feel okay. Because right now, feeling okay is a heck of a lot better than whatever else we've got going on. 

Nick Englehart

Posted on September 2, 2020 22:09

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