I like to think of myself as someone who “gets” cinema. I spend a good chunk of my income attending screenings at my local indie cinema. I wade through films that have been nominated for Oscars. I enjoy the obscure.
But then I move on and have to admit that nothing captures my heart quite like a celebratory Netflix movie poster with the “Lindsay Lohan” banner.
Lohan is making her long-awaited (for some of us) comeback to film in the Netflix holiday game In love with Christmas.
All I know about it is that there’s snow, and Chord Overstreet by joy Fame is the male co-lead, though his name isn’t mentioned anywhere on the poster, showing Netflix is really reaching its target market (Lindsay Lohan apologizes).
What I do know is that I will watch it in the next month and enjoy it no matter the quality.
Because how good they like The Godfather or The Shawshank Redemption is, I know that my true love lies in mediocrity. Gimme a paint-by-numbers romcom starring Jennifer Coolidge as a drunk aunt.
A crime story where I don’t really care about the potential victims or killers. A nostalgic sequel with a musical number.
The latter came this week in the form of Hocus pocus 2the 29 year late sequel to the original, which by the way is one of my absolute favorite films.
Yes, there are better Halloween movies, like the entire Dario Argento back catalog or anything with Jamie Lee Curtis in it. But there’s a reason I’m coming back to Bette Midler to sing I put a Spell on You every spooky season. I know every word, it’s always pleasant and it feels like a warm hug.
The sequel isn’t nearly as good. I saw it last Saturday and already forgot the names of the teenage leads. The plot repeated itself somewhat. It’s probably a 6/10. But did I enjoy it and will I probably watch it again? double yes
We really shouldn’t advocate mediocrity. Things have to be excellent or so bad that they become excellent again (see The room, catsetc.), and normally I would agree.
But when it comes to my viewing options, sometimes I don’t have time for excellence. Excellent requires your full attention. Excellent is often challenging and even uncomfortable. Excellent does not necessarily mean “I enjoyed it”.
Take Unpolished gems – a technically excellent film that I would give an A+, but was so stressed out the first time that I’ll never do it again.
But good? Fine, you can watch when you’re tired. Well, you can google what medical drama this Plot B character was in during the movie without missing a plot. Good, you can watch and move on with a smile and without a thought.
I liken this difference to food. Sure, you could have a Michelin-starred tasting menu that’s going to be the best meal of your life, but sometimes you just want a three-in-one from the local Chinese takeaway, or a trusty spaghetti bolognese.
There is so much going on in the world and in my brain – terrible world events, climate change, rising energy bills, a housing crisis – that I can’t think about it more critically.
So give me one of the many rom-coms Matthew McConaughey made before McConaissance, give me whatever Disney Plus has pinned to a beloved franchise, and give me Lindsay Lohan, who shared with your husband the true meaning of Christmas finds out joy.
https://www.independent.ie/opinion/comment/with-enough-going-on-in-the-world-to-make-your-head-spin-a-mediocre-movie-can-feel-like-a-warm-hug-42046954.html With so much going on in the world that it makes your head spin, a mediocre movie can feel like a warm hug