Should Movies Be An Escape?

“They’ve pulled a dirty trick. They’ve snuck art into your entertainment.” So says Chris Vognar, in response to moviegoers’ complaints that today’s big-budget films are just too darn serious and depressing. After all, we go to the movies to escape from reality, right? Movies are supposed to delight and thrill us, not (shudder) make us examine our own humanity! If we wanted to think, we’d read a book! But it does seem to be the serious, introspective films which are winning awards these days. So is the film world out of touch with the public, or is the public out of touch with what makes a good film?