We often view film as a mere form of entertainment. It is true that for many moviegoers and home-movie audiences, films are simply a fleeting weekend retreat.
An individual watches a film, and the film is either entertaining or not. An audience member laughs or cries and loves or hates a film.
Each audience member’s experience is a subjective, unique experience influenced by the individual’s culture, life experiences, and standpoints. A film that one audience member considers a masterpiece may be considered artistically worthless to another audience member.