EDITORIAL: Is Film Subjective?
Batmaniac analyses whether or not film is subjective. Hit the jump to check it out!
It has come to my attention that a few here on ComicBookMovie seem to think that it's somehow wrong to claim a movie is perfect. Today I noticed somebody saying to another "I love Movie Y, but I don't think it's perfect, so you should admit that Movie X is not perfect". There's something wrong with that statement to me. Why should somebody admit that Movie X isn't perfect because another says so? Isn't it just their opinion after all? Well, I've decided to analyse once and for all whether film is subjective or objective.
So the question, is film subjective? The simple answer is yes, and here's why. At the most basic level, good and bad as descriptors of a film is always subjective. Film can only be made objective through a agreed upon set of principals by which to judge the various aspects of a given film. However, such judgement is only valid to a group that has agreed on those principals.
"I think Movie X is perfect."
Statements like that usually irk people, for reasons I do not care to explore, but it usually leads to the person who disagrees telling them that they're wrong for whatever reasons, but how can they be? The mistake people often make is assuming that there is only a single set of artistic principles to judge a movie on, which isn't the case.
Just because you disagree on a particular standard doesn't make the other person wrong. For example, somebody might say a movie is flawed for having a predictable plot, while another might say a movie is great for having a predictable plot, so who's right and who's wrong? The answer is neither.
"You're stupid if you think Movie X is good."
If two people have a different set of standards to objectively judge a movie on, there is no way to come to conclusion that one is right, since the standards of which people judge a film on is only valid within the group of people that have agreed on those standards, making the matter completely subjective, as one group may consider what the other group considers to be a flaw an attribute.
In conclusion, there is no right or wrong. There isn't single set of standards to objectively judge a movie on, making the matter completely subjective. So if somebody thinks Movie X is perfect, that's fine, because it's perfect to them. It doesn't mean you have to think it's perfect, it just means that you and the other person have different set of principals of which to judge the artistic aspects of film.
Feel free to share your thoughts below, and thanks for reading.
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