It’s Flick Friday, and we’re one flick short of a movie review.
With 2WC’s summer wrap-up coming this Sunday, I thought I’d take a moment to talk about the often forgotten part of a movie review—the critic.
The job of the critic may seem like an easy one, but it’s also easy to hate the critic. And quite often, this hate comes from a place of misunderstanding.
Criticism has become synonymous with negativity and therefore all critics must be negative. Throw in the fact that anyone with a smartphone and a Twitter account can call themselves a movie critic. Well, it’s no wonder that critics find themselves in the same public opinion category as lawyers and tax collectors.
Despite the endless amount of hateful movie “reviews” you can find on the Internet, the critics true purpose is to offer perspective. A good critic can do this in a way that will make you look at a film in a new way, even if you don’t necessarily agree with them.
Yes, part of a critics job is pointing out the shortcomings. And a lot of us don’t like to hear criticism. But a bit of constructive criticism is good for us. It helps us improve.
So, a critics true purpose is to help us be better…or at least have better taste in movies.
…just for fun: