Mr.WhiteI'll never understand why some people don't trust movie reviews. I mean I realize it's just another persons opinion and we all have different tastes. But here's the thing, it's not just the opinion of one person, it's the opinion of several people, people who love movies and have made a career out of watching them. Reviews are there to help you make better choices about what to watch. But for some reason people see reviews or critics as a negative force trying to keep them from watching what they want.
"Damn it, I'll see night at the museum 5 if I want to"!
I've also heard strange comments like "Well if the critics hated it it must be good". That quote actually comes from my own sister sadly who's movie collection includes everything from Dumb and Dumber to Joe Dirt (a family favorite in her home).
It may also be that there is a large number of casual movie goers that just don't care what crap Hollywood shits out as long as Ben Stiller continues to play the same role over and over. If you're one of those people then fine, go see the latest SNL throw away vomit.
But if you're like me and have bills and a family then you know that $10.00 is like gold. If you're like me, you go to helpful sites like Rotten Tomatos. The great thing about Rotten tomatoes is their system of rating. They've really simplified it so that even the casual movie goer can understand it. Everything from 60% and up gets a fresh rating and a cute little red tomato icon. Everything bellow 60 gets a rotten rating and a nasty little green snot stain icon. So you actually don't even need to read the reviews if you absolutely cant be bothered with it.
Sites like Rotten Tomatos or RT if you're cool like me eliminate the bad walk out feeling you get from a shitty movie.
"I don't get it, Vampires sucked seemed like a sure hit"....
I can understand why people wouldn't trust a single reviewer's opinion, but in the case of Rotten Tomatoes, it's difficult to dispute the claim of a pool of professional critics. I think the mainstream public confuse an opinion with an analysis, and while I guarantee there is a lot of opinion in film reviews, people need to understand that these analyses aren't merely subjective in nature.
Believe it or not, in film there is technique such as cinematography, acting, writing, art direction, and so on. Amazing right? And presumably these critics look for these things in film when watching them and reviewing them.
I like to compare the the mainstream public's movie taste to my taste in food. Stay with me here. So I have the palate of a 10 year old. And being 31 that is a bit odd. Usually you grow up and start liking vegetables, weird spices and the like. But not me. Don't get me wrong I've tried things like vegetables before--broccoli in particular--and really thought I was doing well until my body decided it tasted like complete shit and wanted me to hack it up (and don't tell me to lather it in cheese that defeats the fucking purpose). So I like to compare my like of basic foods such as hamburgers, sandwiches, pizza, chicken, etc to that of the taste of American mainstream.
This isn't completely accurate however, as I attribute movies like "Joe Dirt" to that of a Big Mac which I find disgusting, but I think it helps illustrate my point anyway.
So I guess the moral of my little story is that if when watching the next critically acclaimed independent film makes you physically want to vomit, then by all means pop in that copy of Norbit. I won't give you shit for at least trying.