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    So I had about an hour long conversation with an ENTJ friend of mine about how we view movies.

    He told me that whenever he watched a movie he would empathize with the main character or whoever the director wants you to relate with at the time. He explained it to me that if a character was involved in a fight scene he would be cheering for that character and actively reacting to what that character was feeling in the movie.

    On the other-hand whenever I watch a movie I tend to see an overall image. I can best describe it as feeling the emotions of each character, seeing the setting and hearing the music then combining it all into one idea of the scene. I understand who is supposed to be the protagonist and antagonist but I don't emphasize with a single person...more of a joint empathy maybe...

    It really blew our minds that we watched movies so differently and maybe provides some insight into why we like different movies. He also mentioned that if the main character was not the victor or there wasn't a happy ending the movie didn't appeal to him.

    I guess my question to you guys is:

    1. How do you watch movies? Is it like my friends or more like mine or even possibly a different way?

    2. Do you think MBTI Type/Function order plays a role in how we view movies?

    3. Name your favourite movie :> !
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    i look at the scenic beauty and correlate it to abstractions in my mind viscerally. whenever there's a close match, i get this indescribable feeling of overwhelming joy. to me, it's not at all about the characters or what they are; it's about what they do. i don't really empathize with the cast, only with the scene, and only if it's a close match to what i have pictured in my mind.
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    I tend to look at the whole picture, the meaning of the scenes, the meaning of each character in the storyline.
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    1. How do you watch movies?

    I've noticed that I'm more of a "third wheel" in the scene. An invisible observer, almost like watching the chess figures on the board, occasionally empathizing with the characters I feel a connection with. It definitely depends on the movie and the mood I'm in.

    2. Do you think MBTI Type/Function order plays a role in how we view movies?

    I have no idea. There are wise people here who are more familiar with the functions, I'll let them do the talking about this matter

    3. Name your favourite movie :> !

    There are too many to count but at the moment I would say the "Atonement". Joe Wright makes magic

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    Cool question.

    I have two modes (maybe because I am an ENXP). I decide consciously between these two modes depending on the film and what I hope to achieve from it -- objectively evaluate the film (mode 1) or indulge in a form of escapism (mode 2):

    Mode 1: Will not be manipulated emotionally. This is my critical mode where I will appreciate the cinematography, the plot or the lack of it, the characters and their development, the dialogue, the acting skills. The focus here is on evaluating the film on all of these criteria. Sometimes, in spite of all this, I learn something valuable from the film (about life, human psyche whatever) or if I end up being caught up in some of the emotions of the film (likely closer to what SpottingTrains said, empathize with the situation or majority of the characters, their flaws and strengths). Its these rare believable films that make the whole exercise worthwhile.

    Mode 2: Suspend disbelief, watch film. Enjoy it all - the music, the sounds, the setting...Watch without judgment and identify with the main characters or the character the director wants us most (manipulates us) to identify with and get swept away by it all.

    Both are fun and have value.

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    Hmm. Sometimes I empathize with the main character, but I don't have to. Sometimes I deeply feel what some of the characters are feeling, but I am able to remove myself from "identifying" with the main characters.

    I can enjoy a movie about people with whom I don't identify or whom I probably wouldn't like in RL...some people can't. I know of several people who can't enjoy a movie or a novel if they're put off by the psychology of the main character(s).

    And those same people will assume that I like a particular story because I identify somehow with the traits of the characters - let's take wuthering heights for example, one of my favorite novels of all time - everyone knows that Heathcliff is psychotic and abusive, but there are clear underlying reasons for his personality within the book. However, I've had friends say they don't want to read/watch wuthering heights because they couldn't relate, and thought I liked it because of the sick, twisted love story (ahh....NO).

    I don't know that this is an NF thing, because some of these people of which I speak are INFJs and I'm an INFP.

    To answer your other questions, I do enjoy movies with "atmosphere" visually and musically sometimes in spite of the plot. It depends on the film.

    Some of my favorites include Amelie, The Shining,The Royal Tenenbaums, and Let the Right One In. I recently also enjoyed Tell No One and Inside a great deal.

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    Depending on the film, I can become majorly emotionally involved. Sometimes I feel entirely different than the director wants me to feel (ex. Twilight), but if the director handles the scene in a way where the pathos plays out, I can fall completely and totally for the character's persona (ex. Phantom of the Opera) to the point of tears.

    However. If the acting or the script is awful, I don't care what the plot is; I won't enjoy it. I will make fun of the movie and have a good time doing so.

    But I don't see this as a type thing, not entirely. Lots of NFs I know have different opinions on this stuff...INFJs, ENFPs, ENFJs, other INFPs...I can't really see a connection. :/
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    I look out for two things in a movie

    some guy who does something inspirational/heroic (i'm such a a fantasy dweller ) I'll normally empathize and support this character

    some guy who is a strong anti-social NT who plans and strategizes throughout the entire movie. There's just something intriguing about these characters that I love to watch. They're also very hilarious as well.

    I don't think this has anything to do with MBTI, but I suppose it could.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bubbles View Post
    But I don't see this as a type thing, not entirely. Lots of NFs I know have different opinions on this stuff...INFJs, ENFPs, ENFJs, other INFPs...I can't really see a connection. :/
    I honestly don't think there is either but I was curious to find out for sure
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    Well, this is how it goes.
    Movies are something I love. Books have a very similar effect on me. I'm very easy to "touch" so I always choose carefully. My first horror movie had lasting effects. Couldn't sleep in peace for over 3 months.(Not exaggerating or trying to make it seem like I'm "oh-so sensitiiive".)
    I usually just get completely sucked in the movie if something grabs me. I remember seeing this movie and it's like nothing existed around me. I usually try to "guess what happens" next for the fun of if it's not intense and see if I'm right. I don't like predictable things, they get boring sometimes. I usually implant the movie into my life afterwards or vice versa. I try to recognize whatever is in the movie that is "real life relevant or vice versa" and try to see it in a different way next time around.
    I remember watching a movie that really struck me. I do like to "make connections" and create a web of them until "something hits me" hard. If a movie fails to make me connect it to something, whatever it is then it's probably not going to be a movie I found "good". I get very inspired by movies that I'm sometimes embarrassed by that. I just like being amazed and cut off from the realworld from time to time.
    They tend to play over and over in my mind for very long periods of time.

    I saw a movie this summer. It was called "Histoire de Femmes" and talked about the last woman to be executed for abortions. Very intense. I remember the ending so vividly and the message at the end. I was disgusted in the end by her fate.
    ( I'm sure some people are offended reading this since they are pro-abortion...)
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