June 24, 2012
Eye of the Beholder
Today I went to see Battleship and against the advice of almost every critic on the planet and half of my friends. I’m the type of guy who will watch anything and I enjoy a lot of people would consider to be stupid. Films such as Godzilla (and yes the Japanese ones not the crappy American one) and cheesy martial arts flicks ranging from Iron monkey to The Swordsmen. These are not quality films but I enjoy them none the less and I found myself asking what other movies have I skipped because someone else told me it sucked?
There was a time I’d watch anything before I even looked at a review but now it seems I look at the review before I watch the movie or play the game and most of the time if it has a bad review I won’t watch or play it. I almost made the same mistake with Battle: Los Angeles but decided to go see it anyway and I loved it. I think a lot of critic reviews are done out of context. They are looking at the movie to do several things for them such as quality acting, good effects, Shakespearean story, quality character development, etc. But some movies aren’t trying to achieve this. I know going into a movie like Predator, Transformers, Battle: LA and Battleship that I am going to get an action movie and as action movies they deliver on every level. I’m not looking for a Shakespearean masterpiece when I go to the theater to see Transformers nor am I looking for an Emmy winning performance. I’m going to see stuff blow up and be on the edge of my seat the whole movie. I think films should be graded on what they are trying to achieve not just compared to other films they aren’t even trying to compete against.
I’ve also begun to realize that it doesn’t really matter what other people think of the movie or the game it’s if I like it or not that really matters. The game could score a 1 out of 10 but if I like it is that not enough? Entertainment should be about what entertains you not what others think should entertain you. This isn’t to say that there aren’t horrific atrocities of movies and games out there because there (Southland Tales and Space Siege I’m looking at you) but there are a lot of films and games that don’t get the proper attention they deserve because some critic who just doesn’t like that style of movie or game gave it a bad review. I’d encourage all of our readers to take a step back next time they pass something up because someone you don’t even know says it sucks. You might be pleasantly surprised.