Not sure what to make of this mess. One thing is certain: this so-called "cinema" is going nowhere. It's a mere gimmick. Like the panorama or the kinetoscope. Think photography, with clumsy animation. Listen up, folks, cinema is just a fad. Let's focus on "real" art: theatre, literature, you know. In five years nobody will remember this stuff.
I don't know, can I really objectively say anything? Of course, there's the "historic factor", meaning this is not just a film but a whole lot of context. I feel a bit uneasy on how much I am allowed an opinion against the sheer mass of history and if so, what I can base that opinion on. Anyway, a nice shot and a nice historical context. Am I good now?
"The film is associated with an urban legend well known in the world of cinema. The story goes that when the film was first shown, the audience was so overwhelmed by the moving image of a life-sized train coming directly at them that people screamed and ran to the back of the room."