What makes something “good entertainment’?

I just saw three movies, “The Book Club”, “Colette” and “Ocean’s Eight”, all of which I would say were chick flicks, although “Colette” would say probably would like a larger audience.  

I thought “Colette” was good, I learned about a female author I did not know of, her life, her struggles at the turn of the century and into the 1900’s.  I was entertained, I was educated about the subject, the story was interesting but at the end I was was not in that space of telling all my friends what a great little flick this was and you should go see it.

I enjoyed “The Book Club” and while the story was enjoyable, I was more fascinated by the actors, how they looked in their mature years comparitively and that I hadn’t seen Don Johnson in years in anything.  Yes, I laughed, yes, it was escape worthy but no, I wouldn’t tell my friends to check out this flick.


“Ocean’s 8” was wonderful.  Yes, you should check out that flick.  I loved the story.  I found myself routing for the team.  I was worried it might not work out for them.  No, I didn’t figure out the whole deal.  No, I was not focused on the actors, I saw their characters.  Yes, there are lines I just loved such as: “No, that’s a Him, I don’t want a Him.  A Him gets noticed, a Her gets ignored. And for once, we’d like to be ignored.”  Yes, another friend told me to check out this flick.


So, I am sitting here pondering what made “Ocean’s 8” better?  They were all fun.  They all had good stories, Ocean’s 8 was a bit more complex. Costumes?  Colette was excellent in style.  Ocean’s 8 had flare and was spot on in my opinion.  I really didn’t notice the style in The Book Club.  I really don’t have an exact answer as to why one film makes you want to share it with all your friends and others don’t, except that the  phenomenon happens.


Thanks, Tony, for the tip.  It was great!