A Rant About Film Critics

I am a passionate movie watcher, I watch everything from Comedy to Romantic, action, thriller, suspense and even horror from time to time.  I use http://movies.yahoo.com/showtimes-tickets/?location=83401&r=sim for my movie time here in Idaho Falls and I even look at what the people are saying about the movie. As you know movie criticism comes in two forms, Film Critic form and then The Public form.  Each has a different perspective on the majority of films.  Sometimes you will see that the Critics gave a film a “B” and the Public gave the film an “A”. Sometimes it is even opposite and can have the critics feeling a movie more than the public.

My rant or complaint is due to the movie “Battle, Los Angeles.  This is a movie I have wanted to see since I first saw a preview when I was in the theater last.  I thought to myself, “Yes, finally another Alien sci fi flick”.  Now, I will admit there is a little bias because I personally have seen things in the sky that I couldn’t explain.  Before you assume that it was a Satellite I assure you that I keep an eye on things that fly in the sky thanks to   http://spaceweather.com/flybys/ . With that aside, I decided today was the day to go watch this movie.  I looked at the Yahoo website for the showtime and then decided to look at the film ratings.

Immediately I became skeptical.  The Critics rated the movie a “C” and the Public rated it a “B”.  A “C” movie is practically a flop, not many can bring in tons of money with a grade like that. Well, I thought I would see what the Critics were saying.  On the top is “Boston Globes, Ty Burr” he gave is a B-.  I was cool with that,  it still has that feeling of “Go and see the movie” with a grade like that. Well then I saw “Chicago Sun Times, Roger Ebert” with a “D-” and his words “”Battle: Los Angeles” is noisy, violent, ugly and stupid.”.  Wow,  I thought to myself.  I am probably gonna leave the theater wishing I saved $10.00.

Well, Guess what?  It is now 11pm and I am home and I watched the movie and all of a sudden I am thinking “why would the legendary “Roger Ebert” give such a bad grade?”.  Well first let me tell you how the movie was, WITHOUT Spoiling it for you.  The movie had a very good story to it.  There was plenty of action, great graphics and even some comedy and drama to add to the quality of experience.  There might have been a few “overdrama” parts but in the end the movie delivered. It was exciting and even scary at the same time, all the while with great alien design and believable ending.  There aren’t many movies that are Sci Fi that let you go home thinking “Yeah, that ending seemed realistic”.  I can definitely tell you that if you are into Alien Movies, this one won’t let you down, I promise.

Let’s go back to Roger Ebert.  I can honestly assume that this guy is probably bored to death with movies and maybe want’s to live the rest of his life without the job of having to write another film review.  I think that is what it has come down to when you look at the track record of Film Critics. This includes their age.  I wished that the Film Review Critics Committee (if there was one) would keep this job open to people that are passionate about movies and television.  I want Film Critics that would literally admit that they cried to an emotional movie.  I also want a Film Critic that would admit that he/she had stomach cramps all night because he/she laughed so hard at a great comedian flick.  We need to keep Film Critics that have an open mind to all genres of movies.  I think with a younger and more passionate Film Critic employees you will see ratings that you can relate with.

I know that Film Critics get paid for ratings like the one Roger Ebert did. I am also certain that their will be others that might agree with him.  I am simply stating that I think this film deserved a “B” and not a failing grade.  I am certain that I could easily fill his position and rate honestly and openly.  I don’t think he enjoys what he does anymore.  I think he is worn out and that someone needs to fill his position with a fresh passionate movie lover that will give every movie every second of attention and rate to his/her hearts content.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.  I usually only do weather discussions on this blog but felt that I needed to express myself.  I feel I have done what I came to do.  Have a great day.

By: Gerrit Gulden


Ty Burr’s Review


Roger Eberts Review