Can You Look Past a Film’s Imperfections If It is Entertaining?

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Question of the Day (QOTD) is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a film/TV-related question that we put to you, the reader. The comments section below is like the feedback box at work; except, in this example, we actually read what you write and care about what you have to say.

A question popped up in the SAW offices (i.e., Sailor’s basement) recently that we thought would make a good QOTD. Avengers: Endgame was mentioned as being a film that uncovers more imperfections with each rewatch. However, no one argued that it made the film any less entertaining. So does it have that perfect balance of stupid logic, but amazing can’t look away movie moments? Or are the imperfections so tiny that it can’t take away from what the movie accomplished on screen? Whatever the case, Avengers: Endgame is certainly not the only film with this issue.

So the question I ask today is: can you look past a film’s imperfections if it is entertaining?

Definitely. I love Avengers: Endgame, but I can definitely admit that the film has imperfections. I mean, what is stopping future MCU villains from accessing the Quantum Realm to go back in time and grab the Infinity Stones? Nothing!

To side-step to other movies, I am well aware that the Back to the Future sequels have some minor imperfections in terms of plot holes or logic. I recently came across one that stated that since 1955 Doc would know of his own impending death in 1885 that means the the 1985 Doc who gets stranded in 1885 would also have this knowledge. Do I still think the film is entertaining? Absolutely. Honestly, I think the only time I would have a huge issue with a film’s imperfections is if the film wasn’t entertaining. Then I would probably pick it apart. But that’s not the question at hand now is it.

So what about you, folks? Are you able to enjoy an entertaining film even with its imperfections?

I’ll see you in the trenches.

Author: Marmaduke Karlston

"Wait a minute. Wait a minute Doc, uh, are you telling me you built a time machine... out of a DeLorean?"