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I go to a movie with a simple expectation: to be "satisfied", or "pleased" if you want. Whether it makes me think or it is entertaining, or both, depends on the movie itself - and since I never go to a movie blindly, I always know what to expect anyway. To me a movie is a whole, it's not just a story, it's not just the actors, the directing, the cinematography, the music, the visual effects, the editing, etc - it's all of these together. If some aspects are weaker than others, that doesn't mean the movie is a failure either. I would say though that the most important part is probably how the story is told, how the world that I see on the screen is tangible within its own reality, because all movies are fictional to a degree since they're a representation of a reality that doesn't actually exists. Sometimes a rather thin storyline is reinforced by strong and amazing performances, sometimes the "spectacle" is the strongest part. It's very hard, I think, to determine exactly what makes a movie "bad" or "good". But if I'm bored while I'm watching, something's wrong and it's probably more bad than good then. The directing is also one of the most important things, since this is after all the person who decides which take was good or not... But even directors are influenced by others, their editors, their sound editors, their producers...
Take Cloud Atlas for example... Nobody saw it, and yet it should be at least aknowledged that it's a daring film, an honest (I think) attempt at telling an ambitious, impossible story... Was it too long? was it too complex? I thought it was fascinating and one of my favorite films last year. Maybe most people prefer pure "entertainment" which is fine, after all I often do as well.