Describe a film you would like to share with your friends.
You should say:
When you watched it
Where you watched it
Whether you like it or not
And why you want to share it with friends
As a frequent moviegoer, I watch a multitude of films. One of the movies I’m much into is “One day”, an American romantic drama movie. It is directed by Lone Scherfig based on a novel of the same name. I watched this movie at least three times yet still love to watch again and again.
The movie opens with a short scene of the day after their graduation on 14 July 1988 of two main characters, Dexter Mayhew (Jim Surgess) and Emma Morley (Anne Hathaway). They spent the night together but came up with an agreement to be just friends, and spent the following day together, the 15th, St. Swithin’s day. However, they couldn’t keep the promise. They went through different circumstances, troubles got married and lived apart from each other until 2004, Emma and Dexter finally realized they were a perfect match and got engaged and married. Unfortunately, despite many efforts, they have not yet had kids. On 15th July 2006, Emma had a car accident when she was crossing the street. Dexter became inconsolable and was particularly desolated each year on that day. The movie ends up with the scene back to 1988 when they first met and promised to always be best friends.
This movie usually gets me burst into tears no matter how many times I’ve watched it. Not only was the story itself so miserable but also the actor and actress outperformed the ordinary. This movie also aimed to encourage people to appreciate the happiness and true love from the ones who have always been there for them.
1. Do you think (watching) films have (has) educational benefits?
Absolutely, I think. Take romantic films as an example, they can help educate people about the value of love, honesty, and faithfulness. They can make the audience sympathize with other people and respect what they have. Indead, films can teach people good virtues to become better citizens through stories. Besides, in most high school and college courses, movies, whether documentary or narrative, are a creative approach in teaching, helping students have a brief idea about the history, social issues, or scientific experiments. History, for example, indeed becomes more approachable and interesting in movies.
2. In what ways are documentary films and films only for entertainment different?
From my perspective, they are different in various aspects, especially their purposes. Documentaries are a reliable source of information and a powerful means of conveying a social message to the world. It brings many benefits to the society. For instance, by watching documentaries together, many sensitive social issues, such as homosexuality, are discussed freely between parents and children instead of attempting to hide it. Films for entertainment, in another way, are mostly for people who need to chill out after work or study. Those movies tend not to discuss nothing but relationships between people.
3. Why do you think documentary films are not so popular?
Personally, I think the foremost reason which makes documentary films are not as popular as entertainment films is that documentaries require the audience to think critically about current issues, b help them escape from the harsh realities of everyday life. For example, the series of “Prison life – love in prison”, which describes the prison sex, is an educational and emotional documentary that brings a different view of prisoners. Another reason is this kind of movie aims to provide education and lack entertaining features compared to other kinds of movies, therefore, it’s hard to reach a wide range of audience.