As a rule, I don’t read film reviews before I see a movie. I do afterwards, but not before. I have a major concern that a film review will give away potential plot-twists, thereby marring my enjoyment of the film. This is why my movie ‘reviews’ are more recommendations about whether I think a film is worth seeing or not. However, I do sometimes like to get a feel for how a film is being received. So I may have a quick glance at the Rotten Tomatoes page and read a few review headlines.
Here’s my confession. I had free preview tickets for Elfie Hopkins, which I planned to see and then write a review of. I really thought about going to see it. I’m a positive person and pretty open-minded. And I’m not here to insult a film I haven’t seen. However, the thought of wasting a good few hours of my life on what I genuinely feared could well be a fruitless pursuit, was too much for me. At the time of writing Elfie Hopkins is still at 0% on Rotten Tomatoes after 11 reviews. I think there’s a philosophical point being raised here; namely is there any benefit at all to be had from seeing a really bad movie? And when I say ‘really bad’, I mean it will insight anger within you and give you bad nightmares (do ‘good’ ones even exist?).
So I stayed in and watched the television series Homeland. This probably makes me a bad film-reviewer, but hey if President Obama likes it then surely this is ok? I’m finding Homeland very entertaining, but I wonder if part of the appeal for Obama, is to do with him being featured in the series’ opening credits?
It is a bit of shame about Elfie Hopkins. I’m sure many people put a lot of time, effort and money into making the film and no-one makes a bad film intentionally, do they?
What’s more, I was planning on doing some drawing featuring Jamie and Ray Winstone and the infamous “I’m the daddy now” quote. Oh well.