Jenniferinfl t1_j0m1ivt wrote

It's a brilliant work of fiction.

A lot of people confuse personal preference for being a fair critique of a work. Handmaid's Tale is great- you just happened not to like it.

I enjoyed reading Twilight. It doesn't make it a brilliant work of fiction. I disliked reading Moby Dick- Moby Dick is still pretty special even if it did nothing for me. I enjoyed Anna Karenina and it also happens to be a brilliant piece of fiction.

See what I mean? A great novel can still not be within the parameters of your personal preferences- but, that has little to do with the quality of the work. You loving a work can't make it great, you disliking a work similarly has no impact.


Jenniferinfl t1_ixgz1zp wrote

Reply to comment by MUSCULAR_WALRUS in Spirited (2022) by [deleted]

So we watched it last night. I think I get why it's not on many lists. You have to know something about history to be able to understand what's going on. My spouse kept pausing it to ask why things were happening. He didn't understand that banks could just demand a loan be paid immediately. He didn't know what a 'run on a bank' was. He didn't understand that Powell triggered it on purpose by closing the bank and calling in their loan.

When I was a kid I didn't get it either. As an adult I've had to take classes that covered that history and the modern banking regulation that it triggered.

I mean, you can watch the movie without knowing those things, but then you don't know why he had to skip the honeymoon and so on. It feels more like a choice he made rather than the only reasonable option.


Jenniferinfl t1_ix9nocw wrote

Reply to comment by MUSCULAR_WALRUS in Spirited (2022) by [deleted]

I've seen it probably 20 times. I'm burned out on it. I do need to watch it as my spouse and kid have never seen it. It was always on TV when I was growing up and we didn't have cable, same with Frosty and Rudolph.


Jenniferinfl t1_ix8n0gl wrote

Reply to comment by BeefLilly in Spirited (2022) by [deleted]

I watched that one for the first time last year, it's on my every other year rotation. It almost made the every year list, but my 11 year old used her one veto for it.


Jenniferinfl t1_ix5k7ji wrote

I thought it was adorable.

I mean, most Christmas movies aren't super great critically speaking. I really enjoyed this one though, it will likely join my regular holiday rotation. I'm a sucker for musicals, so this one was perfect for me and what I'm looking for in a Christmas movie.

My current must-watch Christmas movies are Elf, Home Alone, Nightmare Before Christmas, Miracle on 34th Street, Noelle (cheesy, but, I loved it anyways), Klaus and now also Spirited.

I have my must watch list, but, I usually fill it out with some others I don't need to see every year, like The Santa Clause, Peanuts Christmas, Scrooged, Muppet Christmas and so on.