Krish, my little brother 😉 recently wrote about HD and I loved that article and agree with him wholeheartedly. Over the last few days, I have watched a few movies… One of them was fantastic (saw it before), couple were ok, and one was just awful.
The movie that I loved the most was Kung Fu Hustle. I had seen it before but it was definitely enjoyable watching it again. Funnily enough, I didn’t watch it in HD (Although I recently got a HD TV) since it was on Film4 (which, unfortunately, does not have a Film4 HD).
I have been thinking about what I love the most about the movie… Is it the story? The story is great and I do love it but it is a simple story although it does bring in humour, romance, action and edge of the seats suspense fantastically well.
Would I watch it if it was a low budget movie with the same story? Absolutely!
It also has absolutely fantastic special effects. Absolutely beautiful. If the story was not as good but the special effects was just as fantastic, would I still watch it? YES!
I don’t have surround sound (yet) but I suspect that the sound is absolutely gorgeous with 5(/6/7).1. Would I watch a movie without as good a story or special effects but it had such good sound/music? Not sure, but probably…
I am certain the movie looks better in HD but would I watch it without HD. Since I didn’t see it in HD, yes, of course I would. Will I watch it in HD? Hell Yeah!
I also watched “I married an axe murderer”, this time in HD. Of course the fact that i was in HD made no real difference to my viewing experience… I enjoyed Kung Fu Hustle better (of course) but it was still a good enjoyable movie. God bless Mike Myers
I also watched “Man Of The Year” with Robin Williams. Fantastic movie… Again in HD. Again, didn’t notice the HD part but I checked it side by side and the quality was better.
I suppose it all comes down to what we take for granted and what we are used to. With the big plasma tv’s the image gets stretched a little too much and this is noticeable. HD solves this. Of course 5.1 sound is beter than Stereo.
Before I go on, let me just mention the bad film I saw – it was Prophecy with Christopher Walken. I could see the movie’s potential. It has a good story but I got bored halfway through – not because there were no special effects (I imagine better effects through the movie). The story was not half bad (at least the 2/3rds that I watched). The acting was not bad either. In my view, the movie failed to capture my attention for one very simple reason… Pacing… This is not necessarily the movie’s fault. We are now used to movies for the MTV generation where everything moves so much faster. No, I am not talking about cuts every 5 seconds. I am talking about the story moving forward. I watched for a good 40 minutes or so, I still didn’t know more than I knew at the start of the movie. MTV generation or not, that is just boring…
I sincerely believe that everything has its place and a movie can be good just because it has a fantastic story, fantastic special effects or fantastic sound. It also needs to be delivered just right. Most importantly, for a movie to be fantastic, you need it ALL!!! Thats what makes it a movie to be watched repeatedly.
There are of course movies that buck this trend. The Big Lebowski is an absolutely fantastic movie.
I have already seen this half a dozen times and I’ll watch it again. In all honesty though, if it “looked better”. I’d probably watch it even more often… Although, in all fairness, I am not sure how it could look better but that’s not for me to worry about – I am not a filmmaker [yet ;-)]
I like your post.. Dont get me wrong, I’m not saying HD is bad, just that a good story will be enjoyable on whatever the format as long as its visible and has audio.. Remember watching Star Wars at Ragu Maman’s?
watch my space though, post under the title of ‘HD OH YES’ is coming..
I agree! HD does not make a movie better, but it might make a good movie more enjoyable…