Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Clash of The Critics

No matter what movie you decide to see, some critics will love it and some will hate it. I saw Clash of the Titans a couple days ago at the supercheap theatre, you know the one, where films not yet on DVD but not in real theatres anymore are playing, where it only costs a dollar to get in and the refreshments aren't outrageously priced and the place is not so clean and maybe some of the theatres are having trouble with their air-conditioning and so maybe there's an ugly scratch in the film that persists throughout the whole duration, but hey, you paid a buck for a movie so what are you complaining about?

I generally rely on Rotten Tomatoes to give a good and widespread assessment of a movie before I go see it or rent it On Demand. I didn't this time. And I'm glad, 'cause at a 33% favorable rating, I might've missed some mindless summer afternoon fun. Definitely not Oscar-caliber, but what do you expect from a movie based on a movie from 1981?

Here's that snob Peter Travers from Rolling Stone:

"The film is a sham, with good actors going for the paycheck and using beards and heavy makeup to hide their shame."

But then here's Colin Covert of the Minneapolis Star Tribune:
"At the moment when Sam Worthington, trapped inside a giant scorpion, sword-hacked his way through the dorsal carapace and poked the upper half of his body through the opening as if it were a sunroof, I fell in love with Clash of the Titans."

Have you ever read a terrible review of your favorite band's new album and wanted to punch the critic in the face? Or saw a nasty write-up of one of your favorite restaurants by some nose-in-the-air food critic? The critics aren't right, they're just being critics. But sadly, they can doom a play, new CD, movie or dining establishment with a hastily slammed-out screed.  

It's fun to ignore the critics one in a while and just go have fun.

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  • The 1981 version was panned by critics, too. Till this day, it's one of my favorite movies.

    By Anonymous Paula Zargaj-Reynolds, at June 30, 2010 at 2:52 PM  

  • I actually thought Iron Man 2 was doomed. I hated the trailers thought it was so smug and cutesy that it was going to be horrible. Th premise seemed so dumb that maybe Gigli was a better script. And at a $450 million break even number after the budget and marketing I thought it would lose money the day it opened and twitter would crush it.

    But while the script did suck. Everyone loved the actors and the humor in it. I am waiting for Netflix out of protest to the script....but it did better than the critics (including myself) thought it would.

    That said if you had paid $14 at night in Los Angeles would you have felt the same?

    By Anonymous Howie, at July 1, 2010 at 5:19 PM  

  • No favorable review though will allow me to forgive Ray Liotta for doing Wild Hogs.

    If, there were any favorable reviews.

    By Blogger mtlb, at July 1, 2010 at 9:17 PM  

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