Obligated Viewing

It’s happened to all of us at one time or another. You’re sitting there, nothing to watch, flicking the buttons on the remote at an unusually swift speed, desperate to lose yourself in an hour of intense fictional fantasy. You ignore that annoying voice in your head that commands you to stop and go pick up a book, but you’re still hitting one roadblock after the another. Nothing seems to be overly appealing. There’s nothing really to catch your eye. So you begin to drum your fingers on the leather couch cushion in manageable frustration and boredom.

When it seems as if you’ve finally given up, a light appears from the darkness. You begin twitching with anticipation. You shout, “THAT PERSON THAT I LIKE IS IN THIS FILM! HOW DID I NOT KNOW ABOUT THIS? THIS IS GOING TO BE THE BEST MOVIE EVER!”

Sure, the plot summary is a bit atypical, if a bit strange, and you wouldn’t – under normal circumstances – watch that sort of film, but you press play anyway. Two hours later you’re absolutely befuddled.

“What. Did. I. Just. Watch,” you whisper stunned and a bit traumatized.

You keep questioning yourself, uncertain as to why you wasted two hours of your life watching such a terrible movie. Then you remember that face, that lovely, gorgeous face. That’s why you sat somewhat patiently, why you suffered and said nothing watching such horror befall the sacred art of dialogue. That’s why you watched a film that had no discernible, understandable plot. It was that face. It didn’t matter how absurd and horrendous the film was, that face was incentive enough.

We’ve all watched a less than stellar movie just because our loveable crush made a compelling appearance. We’ve all checked countless reminders for films we’ve disliked and detested with every bone in our body. It’s like an unspoken rule, a sort of disease that slowly takes over the rational part of your brain, causing you to choose your star infatuation over more suitable programming choices. It doesn’t matter how many times you’ve watched a certain film of television show, your nerdy heart will protest at every available opportunity.

These obligatory viewings are a fangirl constant. There’s no foreseeable cure. And you know what? I’m completely okay with that.

What did you think of this Random Rambling? Have you ever watched a movie or a television show just because someone you liked was in it? Even if you didn’t like what you watched, did you watch it again? Which star does this usually happen the most with? Tell me in the comments!

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5 Comments Add yours

  1. Emma says:

    What was the movie and who was the face? I’m very curious.

    1. I was actually watching a film with Henry Cavill AND Michael Fassbender. Unknowingly, I thought that having a film with those two handsome fellas could only be one thing: awesome. Yep, I was wrong.

      The movie was called Blood Creek. I know you love those mysterious, creepy stories. Have you seen it?

      1. Emma says:

        Blood Creek – it does sound like something I’d like and those 2 handsome men definitely make it worth checking out.

  2. setinmotion says:

    Hahaha. Yes, know the feeling. A few years ago I tried to track down every film either Justin Bartha or Ian Somerhalder had been in. There were so many shockers (e.g. the one who Ian Somerhalder pretends an old lady whose dying. Could be lovely, but it was awful). Even worse is when you start watching a terrible film for an actor you like, and the actor only ends up having two scenes in the entire film.

    1. Exactly! You’re all excited, and though the movie may be terrible, you’re thinking, “At least I’ll get some eye candy.” It such a waste of time sitting through such a bad movie for only a line or two. The film that I watched I only watched for Michael Fassbender and he was only in it for less than ten minutes! Total rip off.

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