Everyone’s a Critic

Do you remember the first time you ever saw Star Wars? Did you sit there analyzing the plot holes? Did you criticize the acting? Or were you drawn into a galaxy far, far away? Were you captured by the music and the scenery and the characters? Were you enchanted by it?

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These days, with the help of social media, everyone feels the need to analyze every little rumor, disseminate the plot till it barely makes sense anymore (I do it too sometimes.) The worth of a movie comes in the form of domestic and international tickets sales instead of whether or not it made you laugh or made you think or made you cry or if you had fun watching it. Or even plain old nostalgia. And nowadays we don’t even wait for the movie to come out. We rip it apart at the sign of the first teaser trailer.

We sift through this art form with a fine toothed comb till whatever comes out the other end is a sad representation of the original piece. We’ve all gotten our grubby little hands on it. So at some point it doesn’t look familiar anymore. Popular opinion has won out over any worth it might have had all on it’s own.

Perhaps the original Star Wars trilogy lives in a bubble (at least for me it does) because this generation that lives online grew up with it and it holds great value to those of us who were raised watching it.

And the truth of the matter is that there are not as many movies out there that deserve our child like wonder. But I wish more people would give that a try! When I go to see a movie, it isn’t for the mass appeal or whether or not a franchise will come out of it, it’s for the pure enjoyment of being transported to a world we don’t get to live in everyday. A world of spies, a world of magic, a world of superheroes… heck a world of plain old heroes.

There is still joy to be had at the movies if we just put down our critics pen and come to the movies with the intent of enjoying it. Will you occasionally be disappointed by a film you desperately want to love? See Star Wars Episode II or the most recent Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or Ironman 2. It’ll happen, but the truth is that there are enjoyable elements in every movie out there. I detested Man of Steel, yet I can still name 5 solid things I really liked about it. Can you say the same? Can you try?

6 thoughts on “Everyone’s a Critic

  1. Liz – Thank you for saying what I think many of us have been thinking! It seems there is too much critiquing lately and too little enjoying. While everyone is certainly entitled to their own opinion (I exercise that often!), sometimes we might simply be better off watching… TV, movies, books, life… instead of giving an opinion on it. I’ve seen over the past few years how easily we get spun up now, usually fueled by the instant and sometimes massive feedback of social media. It regularly turns opinions into arguments, which usually turns me off – too much negativity.

    In a bit of irony, here’s my opinion – Keep up the good work, Liz!

    TR

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    1. Thanks Tim! It’s gotten so out of hand. Social media is a double edged sword of sharing ideas and ganging up on people. It’s a tricky line to walk. But I just remember the excitement I felt at watching te trailer for SW Ep. I and how we all basked in the excitement instead of picking it apart. Some people will always pick apart, but we should try to find the good!!! I want to do that more.

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  2. All of the over critiquing has completely consumed most of us on social media. My husband and I have been trying SO HARD to not watch a single trailer for the upcoming Star Wars. I’ve only seen one teaser and nothing since, while my husband hasn’t really seen anything. It’s been nice not to really have any preconceived ideas in our head.

    BTW, I nominated you for Liebster award here, because I think you’re kind of amazing! http://wp.me/p4aJet-gJ

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    1. Thank you so much NerdyAlerty!!! You’re too sweet. And definitely watch the teaser trailers because they are amazing and give nothing away and are pure Star Warsian enjoyment. Maybe steer clear of the media frenzy that is about to fit on Friday (Force Friday) But I feel you! It’s hard to stay away from it and not let the noise in.

      But Star Wars noise is better than other noise…so I’ll take it! I’m just gonna find the positive thing to say! 🙂

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