One of the things that we have lost in this culture is our capacity to be imaginative and to listen deeply. Most don't even know it's missing. We have become so inundated with and mesmerized by the "external screen" that we no longer see the problem of our "internal screen" that is missing.
So, what happens when we listen...listen deeply,...to a story, or a tale, told well? If we get hooked by the story, we kinda get lost in it don't we? The story grabs us on its own through resonance. It finds, for lack of a better way to describe it, a place inside of us where truth connects to our experience. The story mediates something which can only be described, heard, viewed, imagined. It's like something inside of us has to be "convinced" or "awakened". Once we have this experience of awakening, it's like we recognize from within. No one has to convince us. Something of an inner wisdom has been tapped. Robert Bly called it the "golden thread." Joseph Campbell saw his students waking up to it when he consulted with them in his office. Many people live without this "it." We chase something today which we call truth and we perceive it to be "outside ourselves." Most think that they know what they are "chasing" but never catch up to it.
What makes a good movie GREAT is when you get so caught up in the story, not just the images on the screen (which is another issue), that you lost track of geo-space and you enter into a sort of therapeutic timelessness. Some people call this the liminal space. Movies can do this. Many "HAVE" done this, but sadly, movies may "move" us, but they lack the "staying power" of really understanding what is happening while we're simply passively watching.
Cultures from all over the world have, since the beginning of time, when humans began to see their way out of the misery of being, began to see their way out by telling stories
Transcendence and Escapism - Not the same thing.