Does a Film’s Budget Impact Your Expectations?
I review a lot of superhero movie on this site, not only the big budget summer blockbusters, but there’s plenty of low budget independent superhero-themed movies out there, and there are especially many different low-to-no budget fan films out there. And I notice that I tend to judge a movie’s special effects more forgivingly if it’s coming from a low budget film. If a no-budget film can manage special effects that look like they came from the height of the 90’s, I’m happily impressed by it. But on the other hand when a megabudget blockbuster comes out with special effects that don’t look 100% amazing, like many people felt with the recent Jack the Giant Slayer, then I’m disappointed.
I’d even go so far as to say that the quality of acting is impacted on what I know about the film before going into it. If I know that the cast is all a bunch of amateurs that got no money for it and have never acted before in their life, but are obviously giving it their all then I’m much more forgiving of a badly acted scene than I am if I’m watching another megabudget blockbuster with a highly paid and respected actor who’s just phoning in a performance.
When looking at some of my favorite movies, many of them are admittedly either those big budget summer blockbusters or an animated movie, but I do also enjoy some of the lower budget movies… which reminds me of a list I’ve been meaning to get to for a long time, but that’s beside the point. So what about you, do you have more forgiveness if you know that the movie is a lower budget movie, or even a fan film, or does the budget really matter? Until next time, this has been Bubbawheat for Flights, Tights, and Movie Nights.