Romance, sword fights, deadly enemies, and clever dialogue
Pretty scenery is also nice.
Sacrifice, goodness, and redemption are high on my list of what makes a movie good. I also enjoy a strong female character, an intelligent villain, and witty dialogue. Throw in a few monsters for good measure, and that would be a perfect movie. I have never seen this movie, so Hollywood is free to astound me at any time.
Star Wars came close in the first movies. The dialogue, however, could have been improved.
1) Time travel (you have to work hard to screw up time travel for me, though it's possible...)
2) Hyperdrive (the ability to jump beyond the normal reach of travel and into the unknown? Count me in.)
3) Aliens (because you know they have all the cool toys.)
Yeah...I know this list comes off as corny, but it's in the spirit of the original quote from Juss.
a nice mix of humor, excitement, suspense, likeable characters, serious stuff, etc. romance is okay, but I don't miss it if it's not there.
Now, if only he'd make a pirate movie...*grin*
I suppose we'll have to settle for Master and Commander. Really want to see a sequel.
Stripping away all the genre trappings, good characters and consistent plot-logic. And good dialogue! A good movie (or book, or TV show.) should be able to be quoted forever without getting old.
Including -all- the genre trappings that I love would make an incoherent mess. Or maybe it would make the movie equivalent to Hyperion-- who knows?
If it can't bring the story, it doesn't matter what it does have.
Pirate, dragons, ninjas, sword fights, romance, fun witty dialogue, these are all just bonus.
Speaking of both pirates and ninja, the other Avatar--the Last Air Bender movie looks very promising!