Drama films

Student sound-off: action, drama versus romantic comedies

Students debate dramas versus romantic comedy movies. Graphic illustration by Olivia Havre | Photographer

By Emma Weidmann | Personal editor

Moviegoers may be divided on what makes a good movie. Is it explosions or is it an explosive romance? Is it the attention to detail and plot, or is it how the film makes you feel that really matters? Two Baylor students gave their opinion.

Lancaster sophomore Daniel McCowan is a fan of action and drama, while McKinney junior Shea Berthelot is a proud fan of romantic comedies.

What is your favorite film or director?

McCowan: “My favorite is Wes Anderson. Wes Anderson is, by far, at the top of my list when I go to watch movies. I remember watching ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’. It’s just a great movie. J love the stop-motion and the lighting, everything. I liked the “Grand Budapest Hotel” for its history — how [the main character] was the busboy who went and experienced all these things.

Berthelot“I recently watched ‘You’ve Got Mail’, which is really, really good. I would say ‘You’ve Got Mail’ is my favorite right now. I read a lot of romantic comedies, so that’s also where i get my stuff.

What do you think is the biggest difference between these genres?

McCowan: “I haven’t seen many romantic comedies other than ‘Clueless’.”

Berthelot: “I like all types of films. When you just need something to watch that isn’t part of an entire universe and doesn’t have high stakes or an entire series – to just enjoy and not have to think about it – I wouldn’t sit down and wouldn’t watch ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ or ‘A New Hope’. I would watch ‘You’ve Got Mail’ or some other movie like that.

What’s in romantic comedies that you don’t like?

McCowan“Sometimes they’re really sappy, and they’re hard to understand at first. Once inside, it’s too much. But, I liked ‘The Devil Wears Prada’. I liked the fashion and the central theme of being in the world of work and getting ahead while trying not to harm anyone.

Berthelot“I recently watched ‘Sleepless in Seattle.’ I just don’t get it #1 if the tables were turned it would be so scary #2 they didn’t really have a connection until the very end I felt like that wasn’t emotionally involving. She was so nagging, and it was scary. A lot of times I feel like they’re not as fleshed out as they could be and some toxic relationships are overlooked. I watched ‘Jerry Maguire’ recently, and it wasn’t a feel-good movie. I was stressed out all the time, and I feel like people can romanticize unhealthy relationships in those movies. I don’t know not why they stay so long.

What’s in drama that you don’t like?

McCowan“Sometimes they are slow. But that can be good, because I can multitask and rewind 15 minutes into the movie and I’m not too lost.

Berthelot: “I love action and drama, but you have to be in a certain mood to watch it and you have to commit to watching the whole series to understand what it all means. With Marvel movies, it can be kind of a confusing experience if you’re not completely invested and obsessed with it.

What marked you in your favorite genre?

McCowan: “The scene in ‘Black Widow’ when they were all around the table and revealed that they were really secret agents and not a real family – it was dramatic for me, but it was really well done. C That’s why Marvel movies are really good, because they’re like a mix of a direct Michael Bay movie and really good content.

Berthelot: ” This is a difficult question. The world is still tough, and it’s nice to come back and count on a romantic comedy. Even if it’s predictable, even if it’s corny, they’re often the best. Stupid, shitty little Hallmark movies can be the best when you’re just in a horrible mood. When the world is so crazy and you don’t know what’s going to happen next, you can always count on a romantic comedy as a stable factor.