Movies are great. A good one can place you in an entirely new world. I have watched quite a lot of films and have done quite some reading on film making, directing and writing. This makes watching a good flick even more fun, as you start to pick up on small details which make a movie brilliant. At the same time, you will get frustrated much faster when a movie commits common cliché.
There is one cliché which is extremely popular. It can be found in every genre you can think of. I call it the "silence is golden" cliche. Most of you will probably recognize it. For example, the protagonist has a secret he is struggling with, but he is determined to fix it himself. He actively hides it from those close to him, even if they ask him directly what he is hiding and how they can help. Yet, he stays determined, keeps his mouth shut, and consequently pushes those close to him away. This secret can be anything ranging from hiding his feelings for someone, to being blackmailed in some way. In the end, the supporting characters find out about the secret, and rush to his aid. Of course, they get there just in time and celebrate. Meanwhile, I am left to wonder: "Why didn't you just tell them immediately!?".This cliché is so popular, because it is a very easy way to create drama and tension. In some movies, it is the sole reason the entire story happens at all. However, that does not help the story. If there is little to no reason for hiding the secret, it creates a major plot hole. Sure, the protagonist has his "pride" to worry about, but wouldn't showing some humility strengthen the character?
When I do see a movie (or show/game/etc) which actively avoids this cliché, it feels like a breath of fresh air. It allows me, and many others, to relate much more to the characters in the movie. I get so happy when the main character immediately tells her family what is going wrong. This allows to supporting cast to get much more involved, as opposed to excluding them.
If you are wondering what movie to watch next, give Man on a Ledge (2012) a shot. I just watched it and it quickly became one of my favorite movies. Don't watch a trailer, just jump straight in!
I hope you enjoyed this myTake!