Why are movies so important?

This is perhaps not the best time to talk about cinema due to the global pandemic. After reopening some cinemas in August, the government closed them again in October.

Cinema has been one of the greatest influences in our modern life. Nowadays, it represents the most complex and powerful art form.

We watch movies because they can make us experience moments that are outside our everyday lives. The world of cinema has the power to transport us from the time of prehistoric huntersgatherers to futuristic space travellers. Films depict all kinds of problems. In particular, they can speak for those who don't have a voice. In fact, the film industry has continued to evolve over time and has become the most useful source of entertainment for millions of people.

No matter the genre of film, it can inspire us, scare us, make us laugh, cry, dream, but above all, movies make us empathize. Particularly, cinema allows us an opportunity to look at human beings, with all of their flaws, and try to improve them.

Once the film writer and director Ingmar Bergman said, "No form of art goes beyond ordinary consciousness as film does, straight to our emotions, deep into the twilight room of the soul". Now, if cinema is such a powerful medium, then it is important for us to understand and watch movies more critically, and be an active recipient of them, so that we get the most out of the experience.

Watching movies critically gives us better insights to deal with our social anxieties, broken heart or it helps us connect with each other.

Obviously, films might not cure disease, or save millions of lives, but they can definitely change them.

So, as a conclusion, we should understand that cinemas are undeniably reflective of the society that we live in.

Movies, therefore hold a truly unique place in the story our civilisation. It is an art, a medium for education, a language, inspiration and so much more.