Some people say that a picture is worth a thousand words, but what about a series of moving pictures? Making films is an appreciated art which has captivated viewers for decades. However, some believe that films are influencing society rather than portraying it; this view depends entirely on the viewer.
Just as there are many different types of people in this world, there are many genres of the film. From romantic comedy, to the highly intense science fiction movie, viewers are provided with an array of films to choose from. The characteristic that makes us unique individuals in society is our ability to look at the world with a different perspective. One may observe the world with joy and optimism, being eternally grateful for the life given to oneself. A film- maker of such personality tends to make humorous films or comedies for instance.
On the other hand you have a very cynical individual, a person who believes everything is always done and is driven by a dark ulterior motive. They look at that world with a grim face and believe that death is the only wise alternative to a life so materialistic to them; thus comes to the genre of horror and tragedies. All these different views and opinions are channeled and expressed through the medium of filming and this diversity breeds the concept of various genres of a film. In a way, films are a part of what makes one human. Every character, every emotion and every track of the background music conveys one’s mental state of mind. It is far more than just a coincidence that one can relate to the plot of a certain film after watching it. It feels as if one was bound to watch that film no matter what.
While films have the power to reflect society, they also have the leverage to influence the society. Such films are often Box Office hits and masterpieces that have and always will touch the hearts of millions. Disney classics such as, ‘Peter Pan’ and ‘A Hundred and One Dalmatians’ are timeless animated films, that almost every child has grown up watching, and have left a memorable impression on everyone.. Unforgettable characters such as Peter Pan himself and Captain Hook make one feel nostalgic. Other than providing an hour and a half’s worth of entertainment, these films always have a mortal at the end of them. Whether it is about being kind to animals or never talking to strangers, these ‘subliminal carriers’ are designed to teach us a range of important aspects concerning life and all that it offers; they prepare us for the future and strengthen our ethics and principles.
Unfortunately, not all films are a good influence on others. Profanity, violence and drugs reek in these films and they implant an image that such heinous activities are considered sporty and are worth respect, when sadly it is the exact opposite. These unnecessary scenes are relived in the real world by a few deranged fans and people end up reading about it in the next day’s paper, as if they were a script from a movie script.
“22 year-old man makes an attempt to stop school bus,” An unorthodox, yet common headline in the obituaries of every news paper. Clearly the science fiction genre has its quirks and limits, but it would be unfair to pin all the blame on just one genre of film. Ghosts, haunted mansions and other super natural apprehensions are brought about by the genre of horror for example.
So basically, it is the filmmaker’s movie which, at the end of the day, shed some light on what he or she wants to say and at the same time lures others to follow it as a model. Or is it just one of the two points? You decide.