I am often told that I set my expectations way too high for movies, when I feel the opposite is true. I think I set rather low expectations for movies and that expectation is that it entertains me for the duration of its runtime. If I find myself opting to check my Instagram feed or just browse the web mindlessly, it's failed in this endeavor.
I went into Renfield last month with the expectation that it entertain me and it definitely did that. Sure, I found Awkwafina really obnoxious, but she didn't prevent me from finding the movie entertaining.
I started thinking about this during a discussion with a friend in which I was telling my experience with the Evil Dead movies. I saw Army of Darkness on TV with my dad and a friend of mine lent me his VHS copy of Evil Dead. It took me forever to track down Evil Dead 2. Keep in mind, this is before I had a credit card and couldn't just sign up to Netflix. We didn't have streaming services at the time and in my town we didn't have a Redbox.
I finally managed to track down Evil Dead 2 at a Hastings. I rented it and watched it and wasn't disappointed. It was everything I had always thought it would be. It was a gory rollercoaster and I walked away satisfied. That's all I really want to experience when I see a movie.
It's probably why I hated Hereditary as much as I did. I was told by all these different people that it was the greatest horror film they'd seen in years. When I finally saw it, I was bored and found all of the characters to be extremely unlikable. I found myself laughing at shit people said was scary. I think The Exorcist is scary, I think the first half of Babadook is scary. Hereditary was just funny.
Maybe if I went into Hereditary expecting a comedy, I would have enjoyed it more. However, I just found the film that I did watch to be very bland and a waste of my time. My point is that I try to have the lowest expectations for movies. I want them to entertain.