The distinction between art and film is a fairly artificial one. It's often presumed that only art films are those works worthy of analysis. This idea feels entirely snobbish. Even accessible action films require painstaking artistry to produce what I'm amazed by and that which our generation is lucky enough to behold: stunning visual effects.
I really appreciate this David Bordwell quote I tripped over in artforum last week:
"It's not every day that the world's most famous paleontologist sits in judgement on technologies of visual representation. But when Stephen Jay Gould saw Jurassic Park, his concerns about stereotypical characterizations and the scientific unfeasibility of the plot, were offset by something close to awe. . . Intellectuals too often either pay no attention to such technical wizardry or, even worse, actually disdain special effects with dismissive epithets as "merely mechanical" I find such small-minded parochialism outrageous. The use of technology to render accurate and believable animals is one of the greatest all time challenges to human ingenuity."
David Bordwell is Jacques Ledoux professor of film studies emeritus at University of Wisconsin, Madison and the author, most recently of Pandora's Digital Box: Films, Files and The Future of Movies