One of my friends retweeted this yesterday:
You know you're soulmates if you hate the same movies.
— Wincy Aquino Ong (@wincyaquinoong) June 13, 2012
Although I’m not a certified movie buff, or in this case, a director, I still find this statement to be quite true. To be honest, I tend to judge people on their choice of literature or film. Don’t get me wrong, this was never really something I did consciously, it just became one of those things when I had a run-in with an obnoxious girl before, who gave off this vibe of being the Smartest Most Perfect Girl Ever. And then she mentioned that *so and so* was her favorite movie and I went all, *gape* Well, THAT explains a whole lot. It’s sort of analogous to when my friend tweeted something like, “Paano kita seseryosohin, eh naka-Crocs ka? (How do you expect me to take you seriously when you’re wearing Crocs?)” Or when my favorite professor mentioned how she judges people by their favorite Harry Potter book/movie — if you say Chamber of Secrets is better than Prisoner of Azkaban, FRIENDSHIP. OVER.
We all have those deal-breakers or personality indicators, and this just happens to be one of mine.
Actually, everything that I mentioned above are, but this has got to be the main one. LOL. Why?
01. You get to gauge just how serious a person is. I remember my brother commenting before on how I don’t watch movies that don’t add anything substantial to my knowledge bank. I found this remark pretty surprising, a) because it came from my brother, whom I’ve always thought never really paid attention to my quirks (then I remembered he’s a Behavioral Science major o_o) and b) because it’s so freakin’ spot on! I tried watching The Hangover once before. Stopped midway. Stoner movies were never my thing.
02. You get to gauge just how logical a person is. Off the top of my head: Inception. V for Vendetta. In Time. The Time Traveler’s Wife. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. The Butterfly Effect, The Hunger Games (?)… If you don’t get the logic or message behind sci-fi movies, well…
03. You get to gauge just how in-touch they are with their emotions. If Dobby’s death or Snape’s story in Deathly Hallows did not make you bawl like a freakin’ baby, or maybe Toy Story 3, or Marley & Me, or or or The Notebook, YOU ARE ONE. HEARTLESS. PERSON.
04. You get to see if you share the same sense of humor. I once went out with a guy who laughed at every scene of *this 3D animated movie*. The movie was funny, yes, but only at certain parts, so the excessive laughter definitely irked me. But then again, now that I think about it, I wasn’t really sure if his laughs were genuine or that he just wanted to give off the impression of being laid-back or whatevs. He might have overdone it a smidge, though. PROTIP: Always be yourself. Also, if you don’t share the same sense of humor, you probably won’t last (this applies to all types of friendships).
05. You get to see if you share the same aesthetic sensibilities (is this the right term? LOL). I had two friends who fought over Sucker Punch before. Friend 1 didn’t get why Friend 2 liked the movie. Friend 1 claimed that the story wasn’t that good. They asked for my opinion and since I hadn’t watched it yet, I settled on asking for their list of favorite movies instead. LOL. Friend 1 listed pretty good movies while Friend 2 listed some pretty sappy ones. So I sided with Friend 1. And then I watched the movie. And I found that Friend 1’s claim was pretty spot on. From what I remember, it was total eye candy and the plot could have been pretty good, but the delivery was meh so everything got lost in the process. I guess it was really just one of those movies you had to watch for the mind-blowing CG. Like Green Lantern. 😛
I had another experience of this sort before. I went to watch 10,000 BC with someone back in college. It was the most horribly dragging film I had ever seen in my entire life. The person I was with thought it was good. Anyone out there who digs up the fossil that was our friendship, do give me a call!
So anyway, what are your thoughts on this theory of mine? Do share. Also, if you could recommend some good movies, that would be awesome! (Don’t worry, I won’t judge, LOL.)