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Living in the information age is a blessing in many ways, but it can just as easily prove to be a curse. The internet has given every man, woman, and child the power of Instant Judgment on a wide variety of topics…and that great power doesn’t come with anything resembling a sense of great responsibility.
The first man on earth wasn’t a critic, but it’s a safe bet that the second one was. The second men told the third and fourth men what he thought of the first man’s fig leaf, and so it went, down the ages. Now, in the first part of the 21st century, the descendant of that first critic plopped down in a movie seat to watch BAD GRANDPA, and later blogged his disappointed review.
Clearly, we didn’t see the same movie.
Critics are especially tough on comedies, but I think it comes down to a pretentious need to show off some self-important intellectual superiority. A laugh is a laugh, and while I realize that people don’t always laugh at the same things, I’m sick to death of these so-called “authorities” on pop culture, looking down their noses at everything.
If you sit down in a theater to see the latest offering from Johnny Knoxville – who has shown some decent acting chops, in addition to the Jackass-style material that made him famous – and you demand something different than what’s being advertised, YOU are the one with the problem, not the movie. Who’s the jackass now?
I have to agree with you on this one BJ, especially about those (as you put it) are looking down their noses at everything in regards to pop culture. With the explosion of Geekdom, we are starting to see the same thing to a degree. Those who have fallen in love with a particular genre/universe/story and for some reason don't like it when it becomes a movie. Ender's Game for instance. I'm hearing a lot of those who read the book complain big time about this movie. I still don't get it. Just smacks of people who think they are better than others because they read the book long ago and "know" how it should be. Times change, this story had to change to make it an effective movie for the audience out there who will be seeing it. A younger generation who do not have the same worries and fears as some of us had when we were younger and read this book for the first time.
Well said to both of you
People need to start looking at these things for what they are and not how they fit into a previous interpretation of that story or their own personal opinion of how that story should be. I'll be the first to admit that from a "geek" standpoint I disliked Superman killing Zod in Man of Steel, however, from the standpoint of the movie, it made perfect sense. That's how we need to be looking at things.
RE: Its not just comedies
Very well said! -
RE: Well said to both of you
I think we should have geeks who know how movies should be but understand the original comics/books/game/etc be the critics for these movies. Just like artsy people should be critics for those types of movies. -