Originally Posted by Master Zik
I think there's a huge difference between judging a movie on it's overall quality and pointing out what it's lacking in some parts.
If the movie is just a viewing spectacle it really isn't worth watching to me. Word to Gravity. I'd at least expect a good story from Interstellar no matter if I watched it on a tv set from the 50s or if I watched it in Imax 3D.
But film is made to be seen on a large screen, with professional sound, and an audience.
Television is made to be seen on, yes, your television.
Your missing a large amount of detail by watching a film on your television, unless you have a pretty damn good home theater, which I don't think anyone on here has.
I can go on and on about films that were great theatrical experiences, that would still hold up if I were to go see them again tomorrow in the theater, but loses some detail when you go see them in the theater. Hugo was the most glaring example for me. Yes it's a decent/good film on it's own, but in a theater it's damn close to a masterpiece.
A good story, script, acting, and directing is noticeable on any screen, sure, but when films dedicate so much time and money to put the effects on screen, it counts.
For me, if I see a movie in the theater as opposed to a home viewing for the first time, that first theatrical experience will always hold a special place in my mind. I watched Her yesterday for the first time since I saw it in theaters, and while it wasn't as good, it took me back to how I felt when I first watched it, and was able to accept some of the technical flaws that I bypassed earlier because of the experience I had watching it in theaters.
I'm a HUGE stickler for quality. I really hate watching movies on my laptop or especially my phone/tablet, unless I have seen it at least once before. I will, but I don't like to. I will always spend a little bit more for a better experience. Every time.
That's just me though, and I feel like a lot of people lose out of their experience because they don't venture out to the theater enough. I know I go way more than I should, but I also know that others probably don't go out as much as THEY should.