There’s the old joke that “Women like movies where one person dies slowly. Men like movies where lots of people die quickly”. The critics sure do seem to love the movies where there are things like meaning and plot and character development and stuff, but the movies that get the attention are frequently the ones with a lot of explosions and probably aliens or Nazis getting beaten up or something like that. In 1977, “Star Wars” was on everyone’s mind, but it was “Annie Hall” that got the Oscar.
I do admit I like action movies, but at the same time it’s like eating ice cream for dinner. You can’t get away with it too often– some sort of nutritional plot, character development, and meaningful dialogue is necessary.