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Don’t judge a movie by its review


Staff Writer

There seems to be a trend lately in people, and even critics, formulating opinions about movies before they even see them. We have seen this a lot this year.

“Pixels” was almost immediately panned solely because of Adam Sandler and his brand of humor. Fantastic Four was being shot down months before it even came out, with people criticizing the casting and directing decisions, and then, similar to Pixels, universally shunned the movie when it came out.

A similar phenomenon is also happening with the upcoming Roland Emmerich film “Stonewall,” based on the Stonewall Inn riots of June 1969, which were a watershed moment in LGBT history.

People across the internet have criticized the movie based on the released two minute trailer, asserting that it does not accurately represent the LGBT community or the people present at the events of the Stonewall riots (ie. supposedly replacing the role of a black transgender woman with a white gay man).

There are also people grumbling about how “Batman v. Superman” looks ‘too dark’ based on the trailer.

I myself am guilty of partaking in this sort of crowd behavior at times.

This past summer I based most of my movie choices on what was getting the best reviews. That means I did not see “Terminator,” “Fantastic Four” or “Pixels,” as the online reviews for them ranged from mixed to bad.

Does that mean the movies themselves were bad? Not really.

What it means is that the people who reviewed the movies thought they were bad, or based their opinions on others who thought they were bad. This is that same crowd behavior I mentioned, but the thing is critics are susceptible to it as well.

The algorithms that websites like Meta-Critic or Rotten Tomatoes use to calculate the review score of a movie are not flawless either. On Meta-Critic, some reviewers’ opinions count more when calculating a review score than others. What this means is that if one critic whose reviews for whatever reason have a greater weight in a review score calculation than another, hates a movie for what may seem to most people to be a pretty silly reason, then the movie will receive a bad score on Meta-Critic, and people, based on that score, will not see it, continuing the cycle.

With that being said, many complaints people have made about these movies, or movies that are coming up, have legitimate points. People were very turned off by the tone of “Man of Steel,” so it is easy to see why people would not like to see that in its sequel, “Batman v. Superman.”

“Pixels” and Adam Sandler, well that speaks for itself.

But what is the most bothersome is the almost universal panning these movies (“F4,” “Pixels”) almost immediately received.

It seems like people are forgetting how to form individual opinions about things. It is understandable to an extent. You don’t want to waste several hours of your life seeing a bad movie. But not everyone has the same taste in movies.

What would happen if romantic comedies were reviewed by people who primarily enjoyed action movies, or vice versa? You would get skewed reviews that did not really tell you if the movie was good or not.

So when a new movie comes out, try to avoid reviews altogether, and just see it with your friends to enjoy it, and form your own opinion about it.

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