How to judge a movie

February 8, 2018

Aesthetic achievements are all things related to techniques in making films that have elements; mise en scene, camera, editing, and sound. Mise en scene is everything that is in front of the camera, such as setting, player, clothes, lighting and so on, especially in the online film festival. The camera is related to the taking angle, the far closer and high-low camera. Editing is an activity of “unification” of all things (scene) recorded by the camera so that intertwined relationships continuous between scenes. While the sound associated with all kinds of sounds/sounds including background music (score) or soundtrack. Aesthetic achievement is closely related to the composition of shapes, colors, contrast, balance and so on which everything is captured in the camera.


The question now is, whether the thematic achievements and aesthetic achievements can be separated from each other? Of course, it is impossible. What is the meaning of an extraordinary theme without the achievement of aesthetic adequate, if it happens the theme contained in a film will feel bland and will not be able to achieve its goals, and vice versa high aesthetic achievements become useless because of the weak theme. A movie may not have a theme too special but if it has a great aesthetic achievement, the film as a whole can be seen to be a masterpiece and vice versa. But it must be admitted however that the theme is the most important thing in making a film.

We may now not be able to simply judge a very inferior movie work before we understand it properly and care what the filmmaker intends to convey. The more we look at films and search for film-related literature further adds to our experience and knowledge in understanding a film’s work. Sometimes we need to have to watch a movie until repeatedly to be able to understand correctly what exactly the intent to convey in a movie. Movies on the top list of best films American Film Institute, such as Citizen Kane and Casablanca is one example of films that have a thematic achievement and aesthetic achievement is high. It is not much of a film work that achieves high thematic and aesthetic qualities, but we also do not have to degrade a film that we think is bad as long as the film is made with good intentions.

Eula G. Snow

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