No matter if you’re a binge-viewer, a theater goer, or a full-on cinema critic who looks for depth in every motion picture, you find yourself in a situation where you need to answer the quintessential question. “What was it about?” is a hell of a challenge thrown at you, where 2 hours have to be somehow packed into three sentences tops.
You clear your throat and give it your best shot. Now what? Now nothing. Describing movies is not that easy, whether we like it or not.
But let’s change the rules and see if we can answer the same question by deliberately missing the point. Like, completely off. These people rose to the challenge, and it turns out, missing the whole point is somehow way more fun than being overly serious.
Deciding whether to spend 2 hours watching some motion picture and not wasting your precious time may be a hard thing to do on your own. That’s why we consult people who shower us with some random descriptions, read reviews, or check the rotten tomatometer. In any case, friends usually have the biggest influence, so whatever they say may strike a chord or kill the film for good.
To find out just what a movie description is really capable of, Bored Panda reached out to Romina, the filmmaker and blogger who previously came up with a similar type of Twitter thread that went viral. She asked people to describe their favorite movies as boring as possible, and got some super creative replies that you can check in our previous article.
Romina told us that some film “descriptions on Netflix indeed sound pretty ridiculous,” but precisely “because of that, they are ‘good.’”
The filmmaker added that even though it’s pretty hard to determine what kind of description falls into a good or not-so-good category, the most important thing about it is to get people to watch it. “If a description makes you want to watch a movie, it’s good.”
The filmmaker also said that as long as the description reflects the core of the film, it’s good to go. “It’s only wrong if the description is way off. If the description mentions werewolves but the movie has no werewolves, then we are in trouble.”
“A little mystery and interpretation is good because it creates intrigue and people want to watch the film.”
Romina suggested coming up with a bunch of different versions of the description and seeing which one resonates the best. “Whichever sells the movie is the right one,” she concluded.
I was in for a surprise when I went to watch a movie about information technology (IT) only to discover it was a horror movie about a shape shifting clown.
The driver was fully grown and not a baby, which isn’t as impressive tbh
A movie with so many learned people and they misspelled “Happiness”
The Pursuit of Happyness.
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