Vancouver researcher finding meaning in fantasy flicks

A UBC study called the World Hobbit Project found that moviegoers try to find themes in fantasy films that relate to their own lives and concerns, reports Metro News.

“Humans are meaning-seeking creatures,” said Ernest Mathijs, head of UBC’s centre for cinema studies. “If blockbusters allow – through imagery, through particular pieces of dialogue – audiences sort of mold these films into something that means something, like using it as a guide to their own life, using it as a way to bond with friends with family.”

The Georgia Straight also featured Mathijs’ study.