Originally Posted by St_Eddie
I hear what you're saying and to an extent, I agree. However, the simple fact is that many of the "haters" will change their tune in time; just as they did with 'Alien' and just as they did with 'Blade Runner'. I have already seen this 'switch o' opinionr' occur within the 'Alien' forums upon which I frequent.
Some films simply require multiple viewings to truly appreciate. If you fail to share this sentiment; then I pity you. Surely such an admission would be tantamount to general ignorance; or are you that sure of every judgement you've made within your life?
Well, I guess the thing here is that I haven't really ever disliked a movie generally regarded as a good film. I have grown to appreciate movies more with multiple viewings, but the difference is that I kinda liked it the first time, and then liked it more after more viewings. This is different than not liking it at all and being told to subject oneself to that again without a reason other than it takes two viewings to get good. I feel a movie should have something that makes you want to see it again the first time you watch it, not rely on a second viewing to make it bearable or good. Either that, or the insistence to watch it a second time should come with some sort of reason why a second viewing makes all the difference.
And watching a director's cut afterwards and liking that more is a very different thing than needing to watch the same movie twice. Because a director's cut is essentially a different film with different scenes.
I feel like a broken record here, but first impressions really are everything. I should also mention that I haven't seen Prometheus and my views aren't directed at that film at all, just at movies in general. Actually, at media in general.
[Yet another edit] I wouldn't say the decision to dislike a film is a snap judgement either. I didn't dislike Avatar wholly and completely until a week afterwards once I'd fully categorized the things about the film that constituted my lackluster feeling after emerging from the theater. I reviewed the movie in my mind (which is kinda like watching it again except that I could fast forward to the areas that evoked my displeasure and not have to pay for another theater ticket) and then decided I did not want to see the movie again, unless it would be for the purpose of making fun of it.
Originally Posted by Secret Fawful
While there is a difference, oftentimes the two go hand in hand.
Well, I suppose sometimes they do. But I've found that I don't always have to understand something in order to like it. I didn't understand Citizen Kane until I thought about it for awhile (actually, I probably still don't understand it), but I still liked the film immediately because it was aesthetically gorgeous and the kind of "doomed protagonist" story that I quite enjoy.