Good films come in two forms:
- The writers are smarter than you and have constructed an ingenious plot where the story slowly unfolds, keeping you rapt
- The writers are far stupider than you and haven’t a clue about plot structure, so just to keep things moving, every now and again they introduce an octopus with wings or a robot with no face that always feels disappointed
In both those cases, you have no idea what’s going to happen next, so you pay attention. In between those two extremes are films where you can predict everything that’s going to happen after about the first two minutes. Most films are like this and you basically just watch them unfold, exactly as you expect them to.
The Bangladesh v England Test series threatened drama, but delivered virtually none. England won 2-0 and had to work quite hard. This wasn’t an enormous surprise.
More faceless robots crippled by perpetual disappointment!