4 comments on “Why I Don’t Trust Movie Critics, And You Shouldn’t Either.

  1. Well said. Captain Marvel – just a plod of a film. Stodgy and a bit boring.
    The acting wasn’t too bad – though everyone has done better work – but just a stodgy plod of a poorly written film.
    The SJW stuff – there but so what? It wasn’t too heavy or pronounced, just a general call for social justice – that’s cool.
    But yeah, the cat really stole the show – lol.
    The most boring thing about the film was the tired, hackneyed, over done repetitive, yawn filling, not again plot that the government has betrayed you.
    Get off the grass.
    Of your he / it /she has!
    God that’s a tedious plot.. and in every second film these days for the last twenty-five years. No wonder no one believes the government.
    Boooooooring!
    Alita – now that was a serious kick-add film. Real action by a true female superstar… and the love interest does the decent thing as well and doesn’t go down the treason plot hole that every Disney film seems addicted too (and you kind of expect the male character too… but no he grows a set and grows up… as does one of the female leads).
    And Shazam. Great fun – diversity without a word said or a clod of SJW thrust down your throat. Just a cool script and good fun and showing how natural mixing it all up is.
    Like you, Doug, I agree the official critics ain’t worth crap. Captain Marvel a plod a 2 starts and a big yawn – waste of good acting talent.
    Please have the scriptwriters go stand in the naughty corner for a few hours – an L for Lack of effort.
    Alita and Shazam. That’s why I go to the movies… and read comics and science fiction like your.
    Cheers
    Paul

  2. I read a lot of those critics after I’ve seen Alita: Battle Angel, yeah, I know, stupid of me. But I prefer to know what I am talking about and not just assume. And I find them unbelievably bordering on vicious slender. And having a very illogical ranking. Especially if you compare them to critics about Captain Marvel. There is a video on youtube where someone compared critics to both movies, and this is how it goes:
    Alita: Is kinda silly fun – 2/5 stars
    Captain Marvel: this movie is kinda boring – 4/5 stars.

    But generally, I hate sci-fi produced by Hollywood, James Cameron excluded of course.
    Poor world building, continuity issues, ignoring the interesting real-world implications and common sense solutions.
    But what I hate most it is the thinking, what a sci-fi must have some kind of pseudo-intellectual mumbo-jumbo. The real world, the real awe about the size of the universe and all its wonders, the real technical and sociological aspects of interstellar or time travel or colonization are ignoring just to present us with some kind unscientific nonsense. See the power of love in Interstellar.

    Alita had in the moon scene more sci-fi then all sci-fi movies (except Martian) in the last 10 years put together.

  3. Very well said. I think to become a writer/critic at big newspapers/companies you have to fit into the mold, and that still apparently demands to have by now seriously dated highbrow approach to literature and movies, including massive virtue signalling and following social tendencies considered progressive. Including preaching from the pulpit to the unwashed and dumb masses that need to listen better to the wise words of the critic. While speaking Latin is off these days critics still like to use their own jargon if they want to bash or avoid discussing something.

    I love reading and watching books and movies that are often dismissed as pulp fiction. Only sometimes a large enough following can be earned to warrant critics writing nicely and posthumously praising something like Robert E. Howard’s Conan novels, Dredd or Alita.

    I have found many amazing authors on the internet, digital publishing is a wonderful thing, I am reading now more than ever before, and I was always an avid reader. You are of course among my favorites, and allow me also to praise B.V. Larson, Craig Alanson, Joshua Dalzelle, Jay Allan, Marko Kloos, Vaughn Heppner, Jack Campbell, Raymond L. Weil, Glynn Stewart, David VanDyke and I have for sure forgotten many absolutely kick ass authors. As usual, I have forgotten David Weber!

    And then there is this … sorry show with the Hugos and Nebulas. About as detached as the Nobel prize for literature by now.

    This said, audience ratings are often terrible, too. 1 points, 10 points, basically flip a coin whom to trust…^^

    I find it interesting how good the recommendations by Amazon and other platforms have become by now. I fear this might get influenced more in future, but so far the system is quite good. It lead me Exodus: Empires at War: Book 1 by an author I didn’t know at all and didn’t have high expectations at all. I was quite positively surprised! 😉

    • Thanks for the mention and recommendation alongside such older greats as Weber and Campbell. Funny story, I grew up with Larson and Heppner in the same small town–we played D&D and wargames together as teenagers. Three top SFF authors from the same little group is an oddity, and speaks to the power of a creative and imaginative upbringing, where we did more than merely consume–we created. Larson wrote SFF stories from a young age, I was the most prolific dungeon creator, and Heppner was the oldest, the “boss,” and most often the host of our games–and like all of us, a prolific reader and collector of paperbacks. Also, Mike Maden who co-writes for the Clancy Jack Ryan books, and Micheal Maxwell who writes a mystery series are from our town and extended circle of friends and aquaintances. Must be something in the water.

      As for the OP, I agree that you can’t trust critics or reviewers to be unbiased. I found Ebert before his death to be pretty relaible and fairminded, and a good indication of what I might encounter in the reviewed movies–I seldom disagreed with him more than one star difference. Also, critics and fans have differing reasons for seeing a movie. Critics are being paid for their critique, and so they will apply the criticism they’ve learned in academia. A fan is looking for entertainment and connection to their favorite characters and story. Cliches and tropes that a critic thinks are overtired may be exactly what the fan is looking for. That’s why Captain Marvel did so well at the box office–it wasn’t that bad, worth a watch at least once, mostly for certain scenes, certainly better than the last two Wolverine movies, which were deeply flawed–buy hey, I watched them once anyway because I like X-Men.

      I’m always cognizant of how little SFF we had when I was growing up in the late 60s and 70s, and into the 80s and my young adulthood. The bar is so much higher now that people pan movies that would have been beyond amazing, back then. I try to approach each new big-budget SFF movie (which includes the superhero genre) uncritically, simply seeking to enjoy, discarding or ignoring what annoys me (if I didn’t take this approach, I’d never watch Arrowverse) and reveling in the fun stuff.

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