Everybody has that friend. You know, the guy who thinks overall intelligence and self worth are based on whether you like a certain film. He decided awhile back that the easiest way to make people think he is smart is to like “smart” movies.
He thinks the more abstract a movie is the better it is. You know you are dealing with this guy when he
speaks those famous words, “You didn’t like it because you didn’t understand it.” There’s only one moviegoer worse than this guy…
Everybody has that other friend. You know, the guy who sees a movie and when you ask how it was, he tells you it was the best movie he has seen in a long time… every time. Regardless of genre, performance or plot he just thought it was awesome. Even better, when you see a movie with this guy and you are walking out ready to proclaim how brutally awful it was he steps in to say he can’t wait for the DVD.
So where do I fall on this critical scale? I’d like to say somewhere in the middle. Although, I admit I’m more often guilty of guy number one crimes than guy number two.
The problem with writing off what the critical community has to say is that they are often right. There are such things as crappy movies. The common refrain from guy number two is, “Look at the box office. If it sucks so bad, why do so many people like it?” Well, it’s because people are idiots.
Of course, go too far in the other direction and you might never see a movie you actually have fun while watching. There are hundreds of movies I appreciate but that doesn’t mean I had an awesome time watching them.
Some movies are simply terrible and others simply great but more often they can’t be so easily defined. It is for this reason my reviews will include what I perceive to be the overall quality of a film but also will grade it according to different types of viewers.
Hope you enjoy the reviews and don’t be that guy (or girl).