Film baggage to me is viewing things with an unfair bias. If you are reviewing a movie but have film baggage you won’t be able to give the movie a fair review. Film baggage is not always negative however, it can be a positive bias as easy as it can be negative. I have always known I personally carried bias when watching in a movie but I never knew how prevalent it was in the film industry.
I feel like most people view baggage as a negative bias ninety percent of the time but that’s not always true. Speaking from personal experience I have almost as much positive baggage as I do negative. For example if it is a film starring Kevin Hart or Will Ferrell I would automatically give that film a higher rating than if those actors weren’t in the film. It’s not only actors either, I have biases toward studios and companies as well. I would much rather watch a marvel film over any other type of superhero movie any day of the week.
I also have negative baggage towards films. Most of this baggage is more centered around the genres and the film all around than any specific part of a film. I do not like romantic movies or horror movies, I think they are all goofy and cliché. I will watch a romantic comedy or horror movie on occasion with my friends if thats what they decide to watch but I refuse to watch a sappy love story. Any time I watch a movie like this I go in with very low expectations and don’t give the film a chance before writing it off as “just another movie in the genre”.
I know I need to change this about myself if I want to be able to give an honest and fair review that can be taken seriously. I feel even the best critics carry around at least a little baggage even if it is a very small amount, because at the end of the day we’re all humans and none of us are perfect. I would really like to cut down on the baggage I carry. I feel like one way to do this would to just be more open to different types of film genres. I usually stay within the same two to three genres I enjoy, sports, action, and comedies. I feel like if I open myself up to more film genres I can get a better perspective and view films in a more objective way.
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Safe Haven (2013) – Rotten Tomatoes, http://www.rottentomatoes.com/top/bestofrt/top_100_horror_movies/.
-Josh Scism 2/10/2019