Do you have a favourite movie?
The other day I was in my regular coffee shop and the guys were arguing about whether or not a particular movie was the best movie of all time. Clearly that argument isn’t going to be resolved to anyone’s satisfaction as that’s really an argument that is too subjective to ever be proven, but they didn’t seem to care. And, given it was 6am, they weren’t being totally serious with this argument in the first place.
It got me thinking, though, about favourite movies. I asked two of the guys in the store what their favourite movies were and neither of them had an answer. Asking around the office once I got to work, no one seemed to have an answer. If I’d been asked, I don’t know that I would honestly have an answer these days either.
Growing up I had a few standards, Pretty Woman was always the big one, followed closely by Grease. I also added The Usual Suspects and Event Horizon as a teenager, but if I’m honest that was less because I loved them and more because I wanted to make it seem like I was older than my years and possessed the ability to understand complex movies and/or withstand scary ones. I will still tell you Event Horizon is the scariest movie I’ve ever seen.
I’ve seen so many movies since I thought up that list I don’t even know what my favourite movie is anymore. I love so many! If it’s based on how many times I can watch a movie without getting bored of it Easy A would have to rank pretty highly on the list. If it’s based on movies that have had the biggest impact on how I think and view the world American Beauty and Big Fish should be up there.
The genres of movies I seem to watch the most of are horror, thriller and rom-com (The Viking loves horror and thriller and I take advantage of him not being there to watch rom-com) but I also love comedy, drama, action and many more. I’m not a fan of sci-fi older than the 90s (I think that’s really a special effects thing) and absolutely hate war movies. Not a big fan of western or anime, but that still doesn’t narrow it down a lot.
I wonder if it’s an age thing that as we grow up we no longer focus on having a favourite anything. Ice breakers at parties have moved on from “So what’s your favourite colour?” to other, more mature things, like “So what do you do?”… Hang on a minute, that’s boring! Let’s go back to having favourites.
Do you have a favourite movie? Do you have a favourite anything?