The brown Ford that was crashed or blown up at least four times through the movie.
The improbable plot twists.
The cheesy dialogue.
The fight scenes! Oh, the fight scenes! (I was a mere Shotokan karate orange belt when I watched this movie, and boy, did I laugh.)
And you know what, I loved it. Can still remember the title, even though Google no longer seems to have any record of this movie’s existence. It was so bad, it was good.
It reminds me that we can enjoy things for what they are. I’ve never been a huge fan of the idea that literature or film has to be educational or enlightening. Entertaining works just fine. Sure, it’s a bonus when it is entertaining, and educational, and enlightening, but it doesn’t have to be.
I watched Now You See Me yesterday, and it this concept was a thread in the movie, and for some reason, Pay or Die just popped into my mind. One of the characters in Now You See Me criticises magicians and magic as being manipulative. His partner disagrees, telling him it’s about wonder and having fun.
I think most often, truly entertaining fiction or stories, whether in film, books or stage, are an agreement between the viewer / reader and the creator to all be in on the make-believe together. If the writer / director can hold the illusion skilfully enough to allow the reader / viewer to agree to allow themselves to be sucked into it, that’s when magic happens.
What book or movie made you happy to suspend your disbelief recently?