The misinformed notion that emotion has any bearing when discussing the quality, purpose, and success of art.
I cannot even conceive of how that makes sense.
It's all personal, emotion cannot be accurately conveyed from one individual to another because our experiences all cause us to perceive the world, and emotions, in completely different manners. What makes you sad may make me happy. What makes you laugh may make me cry. When discussing themes and larger ideas that any art form tackles we have concrete examples that produce meaningful discussion applicable to our understanding as a whole. I like a scene in a film because the cinematography is good is completely subjective no matter what evidence I try to present. The final scene in Let the Right One In is heartbreaking because it suggests that Eli is just using Oscar as it has previous keepers in the past
may be a singular interpretation that can be debated, but I can provide evidence to discuss why I feel this is the case and, by extension, what this interpretation can yield when examining what the film has to say about growing up, romance, friendship, and deceit. From there I can, theoretically, continue to see how these aspects all connect to the human condition. A film that hinges entirely on eliciting an emotional response, whether it be laughter, sadness, excitement, terror, or anything else, from an audience without an equal or heavier emphasis on the thematic depth of the story is near worthless. A film that is, first and foremost, concerned with specific larger ideas and concepts can elicit an emotional response, but all that does is help tell me if I as an individual enjoyed a film, an aspect that has no bearing on communicating with other people. I can say, as eloquently as possible, why I love Demi Lovato's music, but no matter what I say another person may not, and likely cannot, truly understand what I am saying. He just doesn't like it. And we are right where we started. Now if we talk about her use of language in "Everything You're Not" and why it does or does not work, then we start making progress. Emotions are nice, but they have no room in meaningful discussion as far as I'm concerned.