According to Alfred Hitchcock, “If it’s a good movie, the sound could go off and the audience would still have a perfectly clear idea of what was going on.” That’s what I love about movies; they’re so much easier to follow than real life! Sure, when you come in at the middle of, say, The Hunger Games, you’re going to wonder in confusion what’s with all that to-the-death fighting. If you miss the beginning of Men in Black III, you’ll be left asking why they have suddenly gone retro; you may also be curious to know what brought Magic Mike to the stage if you come in mid-striptease (or maybe you won’t need an explanation for that one).
Each good story has a concise beginning, middle and end with enough entertaining ebbs and flows to keep the audience along for the entertaining ride. The films of 2012 proved to be no exception. We quickly understood what made a stuffed Ted tick, what ultimately prepared Spider-Man to become so Amazing and what exactly The Perks of Being a Wallflower were.
During the Cold Light of Day, we had Total Recall of every fantastic film moment as Hope Springs throughout the magical land of make believe. We understood The Campaign to make 2012 a memorable movie year and had no Trouble With the Curve. We were wide awake at Red Dawn, watching excitedly as The Man With the Iron Fists put up his dukes in the direction of Wreck-It Ralph, who had strengths of a different kind and appealed to moviegoers of all kinds.
Whether in silence or in sound, Alfred Hitchcock understood the art of film in all its uncomplicated, glory-filled wonder, earning him the subject of an upcoming movie, appropriately titled, Hitchcock, chronicling the rich life of the ultimate “Master of Suspense.”
From seaside days to starry nights, wishing you a weekend filled with movie-style suspense and sensational stories.
I, for one, can hardly wait!