RedEye9 wrote on Feb 19, 2018, 18:13:
SMITE wrote on Feb 19, 2018, 18:03:If you disliked Last Jedi you might like this reviewer.
Pigeon wrote on Feb 19, 2018, 11:56:
Whitta’s impressive (and numerous) credits include standouts like Rogue One: A Star Wars Story... “Know what you’re trying to communicate thematically,” he says, “create characters we can care about,
Well I guess giving good advice and being able to follow your own advice are two different things .
You're criticizing Rogue One's writing?
I found it to be much, much better than the negative reviews it received would indicate.
Which was oddly the reverse of the critical adulation Last Jedi received--one of the worst big budget films I've ever seen.
“Last Jedi” is just another middling movie with a rabid fanbase, a Harry Potter-style placeholder picture for lump-in-the-throat moments to come. Or so we hope."
Oh and he slams Black Panther, that's akin to handling newborns with pitchforks.
It's funny that you would recommend this reviewer and these two reviews to me, RedEye9, because I literally just read them both yesterday, though I did the reverse of what you're suggesting--i.e. I read his Black Panther review which made me immediately wonder what he had to say about Last Jedi, so I found that and read it too.
I stumbled upon "Movie Nation" because I was curious to find out if ANYONE was willing to give Black Panther a bad review. I haven't seen it yet, but I have read a number of positive reviews for Panther and they all irritated me in exactly the same way--they seem to be reviewing what the film represents
, what it stands for
, more than they are reviewing it as a, you know, movie
I'm fine with more black representation in movies. That's a worthy goal. But achieving some sort of milestone in black representation in your movie and making a good
movie are not automatically
one and the same--and most of the reviews I've read seem to assume that one equals the other. Which is just ... ridiculous.
Whenever a reviewer spends more time talking about the cultural and/or political background or impact of a movie than they do the movie itself ... I know I'm reading a worthless review. Don't get me wrong: those things are
important--but they are nowhere near as important as the quality of the movie itself.
The movie has to stand on its own, outside whatever political or cultural relevance it has.
So yeah ... I'm going to be seeking out this particular reviewer more in the future ... even if I do think he went a little too easy on Last Jedi.