The two are different, at least for me. Some movies I consider the best sometimes are not the ones I consider my favorites, and vice versa. You can check My Favorite Films page, and you will find that not all (or even none) of them achieved my 5-star rating. I am gonna share my opinion about this topic—again, just based on my opinion—and, of course, you’re free to share your opinion too in the comment box.
I am the kind of viewers who don’t like to be fooled. I think we all are. I don’t like watching films that make me feel stupid. I always expect that I can learn something new from the film I’m gonna watch, so it has to be smarter than me. If it’s a horror flick, it has to show what we human are all terrified of—and thus, it has to make us terrified. If it’s a drama, it has to show a different perspective of certain topic, or a new experience from a person from far-far side of the world, or whatever. If it’s a comedy, it has to make me laugh not merely by showing stupid things. I mean, the film has to be a step ahead from me. The smarter it is, the better. Then, what make these good movies best movies are the director, writer, and other technical crews. Every movie has a sin, and best movies are the ones that are able to hide its sins as many as it can.
So, what are favorite movies? I myself consider something my favorite only if I love it. And I can’t easily love something from the first sight. I can’t decide if the film I just watched a minute ago is my favorite; it takes time. I should see if it is memorable enough to call me to watch it again next time. Yep, rewatchability is one factor. It has to be an easy yet rich entertainment you can use to kill your time. It’s the kind of movies you can always see whenever you want in a positive way. Therefore, of course, favorite movies are always good movies. You can’t love something not good, can you?
This is the case. We are all agree that “The Godfather” is one of the best films ever made. I agree with that. But I don’t think that it’s my favorite because, well, I guess it’s just way too heavy to be enjoyed in your spare time. I mean, when I can’t sleep at night, I don’t think I can simply watch it to kill the night, right? It’s a very rich film, and I don’t think I can use it when my brain has already been full. That’s why I don’t consider it my favorite film although I undoubtedly admit that it’s one of the best films I have ever seen.
In the other hand, I consider “A Serious Man” my favorite. Why? Because it’s light. Well, it didn’t gain a massive acclaim—some even consider it overrated (it is obviously different from “The Godfather” which receives worldwide acclaims). Some viewers don’t even understand what this film really is. But, since I fortunately understand it, I find that it has good values in it, and it is easy. I have been rewatching it for like ten times from the first time I watched it (which is, two months ago) and I can absorb the entertainment side of it. It inspires you, it teaches you a lesson, but it doesn’t make you frowned thinking.
Best Movies vs. Favorite Movies: Who Win?
So, which one do you prefer: best films or favorite films? I prefer the second. I like being entertained. My definition of favorite films has already covered some parts of the definition of “best films”. But, best films are also preferable because I don’t want to spend my time watching craps, right? Then, back to the intention of why I am watching a film: did I spend a significant amount of effort to watch it (like hunting for the rare DVD) or am I just gonna find something to watch in my spare time (like when I’m alone at home)? If I am asking the first question, I’ll look after best films, but if I’m asking the second one, I’ll look after my favorite films.
And that is my opinion. How about you guys? Are best movies and favorite movies different for you? Share your opinion in the comment box.