Sunday, 7 August 2016

Critics vs The Fans

These days I have trouble reading reviews on almost anything, Gamergate showed the true nature of the games media and now it appears the movie critics are starting to be frowned upon just as much. Ghostbusters came out last month and just about every critic loved it and wanted the consumer to know about it. Of course, those of us that questioned these reviews were labeled "sexists", "manbabies" and so on as was the fate of The Angry Videogame Nerd when he refused to see it. It's an effective way to try and shut down the conversation on the whole thing but the consumer ratings on Rotten Tomatoes and IMDb tell a different story as a lot of the general public really didn't like the film. The fact of the matter is that at the time of writing this, even though there are those out there who claim the movie isn't a flop because it has made back it's production budget, really it still is because even the director himself has said it needed to make five hundred million.

Have I seen it though?

No, and nor will I.

For those who would think to call me a sexist and so on, it is a stance I took with the Robocop reboot and the Total Recall reboot. I made the mistake of going to see Terminator Genisys (I hate that stupid spelling) and my god did I regret it, the story was crap, Jai Courtney was like watching cardboard move, Arnie really was too old for that shit and Emilia Clarke was just too painful to watch. The amusing irony of that film though? A little while before it came out, Clarke was alleged to have said she would not do any more nude scenes because she wanted to be known for her acting and not her breasts. Granted it not proven Clarke actually did say that but after the film came out and had a poor reception, she was nude again in the next season of Game of Thrones.
Best laid plans eh?

Now Suicide Squad has come out and the critics are doing their best to pan it mainly down to the sexy representation of Harley Quinn. Fans that I have seen speaking about it, including a great review by Angry Joe himself, have enjoyed the film and been supportive of it, again the score on Rotten Tomatoes tells a different story to that of the critics. It almost comes across as these critics are mad at people for not liking or supporting Ghostbusters so their knives are out for anything they think the public will like. They did the same thing with the adaptation of The Killing Joke only a lot of the public agreed with them but, that is a story for another time.

We now appear to live in an age where the gap between the media and the public is growing and filled with mistrust, where they will use a click bait title to draw a reader in and slip some crappy writing down their throat. But where can people go for a good review or an honest opinion though? I cannot choose for you, that is something we must all choose for ourselves but I do admit the options are limited. I personally go to Youtube critics because (unless it's a paid promo video) their opinion tends to be quite an honest one because they themselves are the paying customer and they do it with the noble cause of taking a hit so we don't have to. Consumers helping consumers, that's the way I like to look at is as and perhaps I will continue to do so but each to their own on this one, anyone who should ask for my advice on a good review source I shall point them in that direction.

At the time of writing this article, things to do not appear to be getting any better with films on the horizon as it has just been announced that Hollywood is remaking Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Not only that but they are again doing the gender swap and will have Rebel fucking Wilson in a lead part.
I weep for the future.

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