Cannot figure out which sentence suits better:

The story of the movie that I saw last night was very interesting / is very interesting.

When I was writing this I came across another confusion with the sentence:

I saw a movie last night, that had a very interesting story / has a very interesting story.

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I think the most natural way to reference the movie is:

Last night I watched a movie with a really interesting storyline.

However, if you refer to the storyline separately, in the case of a movie, it can be present or past:

Last night I watched a great movie. The storyline was/is very interesting.

The fact is that a work of literature or a film, or anything immortalized in any medium which is always accessible can be referred to in the present. However, it can also be referred to situationally in the past, in a past context.

Note that in American English, we see movies in a theater, and watch movies at home.

  • Does this stand for a story of a book? Last night I read a book. The story was/ is very interesting.
    – sac
    Jul 12, 2015 at 12:33
  • I can, yes, because a book is something in print that can be referred to at any time.
    – CocoPop
    Jul 12, 2015 at 12:42
  • Are the sentences which I wrote are wrong?
    – sac
    Jul 12, 2015 at 12:45
  • @Stephie: I've changed my answer, Stephie, but if you look again there is no question.
    – CocoPop
    Jul 12, 2015 at 14:00
  • @CocoPop Thanks, much better, And: There is a question, just hard to see due to bad formatting. Wll edit...
    – Stephie
    Jul 12, 2015 at 14:57

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