I wanted to start this with a quote, something that pointed out the truth in that to review a film you have to be a little bit, for lack of a better word, heartless. To an extent you have to be dispassionate to look at a piece of work, be it on the screen or the page. For example, I like dogs but I hate, loathe even, the film Must Love Dogs. If the film was about JUST the dogs, surely I would love it based on the fondness I have for them. Unfortunately it, like all other films is multi-layered and isn’t all about mans best friend (You have no idea how much I wish it had been).
That being said, if we looked at everything without feeling or emotion then every film would be just as meaningless as the next. The pretty colours would really be all we would come to see and unfortunately Michael Bay films would be the most vibrant and therefore exciting picture shows around. Thank the lord that this is not the case.
What I’m trying to get at is that to properly discuss a film you have to be personal and impersonal, embrace the escape that film offers but then come crashing back down to earth when its done. Honestly, film reviews are subjective and should be read with a pinch of salt because a good review should show a reviewers personality as well. His likes and dislikes are important but its also important that they come as part of the review and not the whole. Just like the films he is reviewing, the reviewer is multi-layered.
That brings me to why I’m writing this, I mean nothing I have said is revelatory, I haven’t invented the next wheel. However I hope that in pointing out the duality of critiquing anything you understand me when I say that what I write comes from both sides. From the hopeless romantic who openly wept when watching the latest series of Anne with an E to the closed off cynic who thought The Lion King was so overstuffed with themes that it fails to follow through on any of them.
Hopefully this gives you an idea of what to expect from me while also letting you know that disagreement with anything I have said is actively encouraged, such as how much I’m wrong about the Lion King. (If someone can tell me if its a drama, a comedy or a musical that would be great, it shouldn’t be all three.)
Keep watching, reading and discussing.