TOEFL Essay Topic 57 - Some movies are serious, designed to make the audience think. Other movies are designed primarily to amuse and entertain. Which type of movie do you prefer? Use specific reasons and examples to support your answer.
Author: elshall2 | Date: April 17, 2008 | Score:5
I love the kind of movies that encourage thinking. They are the most suitable for scholars like me, who almost use their brains in a continuous process of analytical thinking. Also, it is like reading a scientific book where conclusions are some times meant to be deducted by the reader. Similarly...
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People differ in attitude towards various movies, some like comedy and other relaxing movie, however, others like serious movies which disclose the other side of our society. These movies are all necessary and serve different functions in film industry, but in my part, I prefer serious movies which makes me think.
First, most of serious movies have a burdensome theme and contain some harsh reality in our society. The content is of vital importance in these movies. The life philosophy in movies helps me shape my attitude toward this world and forge a comprehensive and positive world view. For example, Dunkirk is a film which describes the scene of troop escaping from warfare to home. In this film, a lot of warriors died in various ways. Through these deaths, I realized that life is so vulnerable and precious that we need to protect it from being destroyed.
Second, these movies make me calm in a certain period of time and in this period of time I have learned critical thinking. The directors always put their understanding of reality in their movies. But everything has two sides so that we may think differently from the director. At this time, what we need to do is to distinguish truth and mendacity in our own eyes and do not be distracted by others' words. Only in this way, can I find a path to truth of an event.
Third, because serious movies always focus attention on special areas that normal people can hardly notice, it is a good method for us to broaden our horizon and see something invisible in normal life. For instance, sometimes serious movies will release the dark side of our society which may be buried by powerful but unjust people. Some brave and ambitious directors will discover the truth and show it to all people.
To sum up, serious movies are more thoughtful than other type of movies. They focus on injustice and dark truth from distinct aspects. The deep thought in these movies is what we need to learn and contemplate ourselves.