January 4, 2013

Are Audiences Too Critical Today?

Remember when you would see a trailer for a movie in the theatre and that would be enough to get you into the theatre? Not so, anymore. Every clip, trailer and synopsis is dissected by every fanboy in the business and people will convince themselves that a film will suck before it’s even out and sometimes even before there is a trailer.

Can nobody just go to a theatre and watch a film and enjoy it anymore? After all, many people work hard on creating films and I’m always mindful of that when I write reviews. I never insult the filmmaker or cast involved just because it doesn’t look to be my type of movie.

The most recent victim of unnecessary hatred is Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey; as soon as it was announced that the film would be shot in 48FPS, you’d think Jackson had killed the President. Guess what? The film is still out there in 24 FPS, so what are you whining about? Technology advances and changes whether you like it or not and all your bitching hasn’t affected the box office.

I still don’t know why critics have been so harsh on the film as I found it mesmerising from beginning to end. It lived up to Lord of the Rings in every way with beautiful visuals and fabulous imagination. But no, “Jackson is a hack” is being spewed from the mouths of people who know better.

Most of the criticisms I’m reading are about the technology itself and not the quality of the film, which is in fact an excellent adaptation of the book and any fan should be delighted with the final product.

The upcoming A Good Day to Die Hard has been met with mixed reactions, especially from us. It looks like a fun action movie, but maybe not a “Die Hard” movie. I haven’t seen it yet so I don’t know if it will be any good, but I won’t judge it until I watch the finished product.

The thing for me is, if you think a film won’t be any good then don’t go watch it. Don’t insult the people who have worked hard in creating the film as you have no idea what’s going on behind the scenes. There could be studio interference, creative differences or something else.

How would you like it if you’re sitting at work and people are shouting abuse at you all day and saying you suck? You wouldn’t like it and you shouldn’t have to stand for it.

I’ll admit that sometimes I get “passionate” and maybe say things which may not be all that polite, but I try to always be reasonable and never be too offensive.

So, the next time you go to the theatre, relax and have fun; enjoy yourself as that’s what movies are for. By all means be passionate but you should always be respectful. That is all.

About the Author

Eoin Friel
Eoin Friel
I grew up watching JCVD, Sly and Arnold destroy bad guys, blow things up and spew one-liners like it's a fashion statement. Action is everything I go to the movies for and the reason I came up with this site is to share my love for the genre with everyone.



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