Is There Such Thing As A ‘Greatest Movie Of All Time’?

Citizen Kane? The Shawshank Redemption? The Godfather? Star Wars? Which one of these great movies is the ‘greatest movie of all time’? Well the correct answer is none of them, I don’t believe there is such thing as a ‘greatest movie of all time.’ Yes you can have a favourite movie of all time but does that make it the greatest? It is impossible for people to agree on what is the ‘greatest movie of all time,’ it’s so hard to choose one because their isn’t one.

One of my favourite movies of all time is The Dark Knight, there are many things that make this one of my favourites movie. This is the movie I watch at home on rainy days, on Christmas, when I’m ill or when I just need cheering up, this movie means everything to me, that is what a favourite movie should be like. Now I know most of you out there won’t agree with me, we all have our personal favourites, a lot of peoples favourites might be absolutely terrible in my eyes but to them it is everything they want out of a movie and that is all you can ask.

Movies really shouldn’t be given the title of the ‘greatest movie of all time’ because it adds a lot of pressure to first time viewers of that film. Not too long ago I watched Citizen Kane for the first time and all I could think throughout the movie was that I have to like it, this is supposedly one of the greatest movies of all time, unsurprisingly this ruined my enjoyment of the movie. I like to go into every movie with a wide open opinion but I already had the perception that I was going to watch the ‘greatest movie of all time.’ You know what, going in with that expectation the film fell short of what I was expecting leaving me to feel underwhelmed. There shouldn’t be any pressure for audiences to think that a certain movie is the ‘greatest movie of all time,’ people have their own opinions and they can think what they want about movies.

There are only a few movies that I watch for the first time and think to myself, this is one of my favourites, when I first watched The Dark Knight in the theatres I loved it, but it wasn’t until I watched it at home five months later that I realised just how much I loved it and the more I watched the more I fell in love with it. I feel as though in this modern day of remakes and sequels there are only a few directors that I know could make my next favourite film.

In IMDb’s top 250 of all time they place The Shawshank Redemption at the top, this doesn’t make it the ‘greatest movie of all time,’ the list is controlled by the publics ratings, it just means that The Shawshank Redemption is the most popular peoples favourite. I can tell if a movie is very well made but that doesn’t mean I will enjoy it. One example being Schindler’s List, I can tell that it is a beautifully made movie with astonishing acting but for some reason I just didn’t enjoy it. I just feel that people should have their own favourites no matter on the quality of the movie, whether it be White Chicks or American Psycho people are free to like what they want to and they shouldn’t be forced to like what are considered the ‘greatest movies of all time.’

The movies should be an experience and not a competition.

I would love to hear what some of your favourites are in the comments below. I will be producing a list of some of my favourites (in no particular order) soon so look out for that. If you enjoyed this post please feel free to like and follow my blog. Thanks for reading.


‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’ Review

This won’t be a comparison review as I have not had chance to see the Hollywood remake of this film but when I have I will do a comparison article saying which on I prefer overall. Just to make sure before you start reading this whole review this is for the original Swedish version.

The film centres on a young woman called Lisbeth Salander that hacks computers for a living and the journalist Mikael Blomkvist who works for the famous Millennium magazine. Mikael and Lisbeth join forces to hunt down a killer of women.

This is an adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s best selling novel, which I have never actually read, but I feel as though this has the background of a very typical crime novel. The genre of crime is always one of the hardest to do effectively, it is very hard to keep the viewer entertained and to keep them guessing through the whole film. This film manages to hold your attention for the full two and a half hours and it keeps you guessing right to the end.

The acting in this film is superb; Noomi Repace is phenomenal throughout; she has some very twisted, disturbing scenes that must be very difficult to portray and she pulls it off brilliantly. Her character is incredibly dark and misshapen which fits perfectly with the style of the rest of the film.

There is one thing I don’t really like about this film and that is the story; it feels as though we have seen it all before. I was really let down by the ending and I thought there were quite a few holes in the story; that may because the film had to miss out a lot of detail from the book.

The world the film is set in is a dark twisted take on reality showing the more sinister side to the human race. There are some very disturbing scenes of rape and violence so if you are a bit squeamish then you may want to give this one a miss.

This movie is beautifully directed making to movie look superb and stylish and it is definitely worth your time. Even if the plot is a little flawed and the relationship between Mikael and Lisbeth is lacking development but you should definitely check it out before you see the Hollywood remake.


This is my first short review so forgive me it if isn’t of a brilliant standard.