The Thesis

What makes a perfect movie?

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Rotten Tomatoes says that The Wizard of Oz (1939) ranks the best movie of all time based on their Tomatometer score.  The Godfather (1972) and The Shawshank Redemption (1994) continuously compete on the top spot of IMDb’s Top Rated Movies.  Sight & Sound Poll regarded Citizen Kane (1941) as the greatest movie of all time several times.

With these different rankings and ratings from different organizations, it’s hard to get the world’s consensus on what movie is likely to be the best.  Movies, they say will always be subjective, it will always be judged by the eye of the beholder.  Have we asked ourselves if we can make the rating of movies be more objective?  I did.

My thesis started with this question:  Why do I enjoy movies so much?

These are my answers:

  1. Because I enjoy hearing good stories.
  2. Because I enjoy watching visual interpretation of stories.
  3. Because I enjoy the different emotions I feel when I watch movies.

Therefore, my hypothesis is that a good movie should have:

  1. A Good Material – a movie that has a good and unique story.
  2. Good Execution – a well-directed movie that makes the story come to life.
  3. High Entertainment Value – a movie that amuses us and temporarily diverts us from the real world.

Good Material + Good  Execution + High Entertainment Value = The Perfect Movie.  This equation is my thesis.

“Don’t waste time watching bad movies, I’ll do it for you while I search for the perfect movie of all time.” – The Clapperboard


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