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Captain America: Civil War

I'm waiting to see if my computer will successfully upgrade to Windows 10, so I'm hunting and pecking this out on the iPad. That means that this post won't be long or involved. Still, I wanted to say that my Mothers Day present was breakfast (real breakfast at a corner diner, not a "brunch") with BB, FB and Ms Emily, and then we saw "Captain America; Civil War."

First, a side trip, to New York Times movie reviewer A.O. Scott's (I'm sure he'd prefer being called a film reviewer. Suck it, Scott) review of CA:CW. It's here if you want to read it. I read it, and ....

I don't believe I've read such an aggressively condescending review in years. It's not just what he says, it's how he says it - the "Look I really, really want all of you to understand that I didn't want to see this film movie picture, but it's how I pay the rent, and now I'm going to go back and watch "Aguirre, the Wrath of God" for the billionth time to remind myself of what I really want to see."


I get it, you're meant for the finer things in life. But really? Did you have to pour all that refined venom into the mix?

I mean, maybe he actually hates "Aguirre, the Wrath of God," so perhaps I'm being a little harsh on him ...



Then I realized what happened here. He didn't actually go see the movie I saw.

Well, that cleared that up.

Maybe tomorrow I'll have a better post about CA:CW, but for now I'll say I found it extremely well written, remarkably well paced, respectful of both its actors and its characters, and filled with very chewy ideas.

This entry was originally posted at http://kaffyr.dreamwidth.org/409963.html?mode=reply, where there are currently comment count unavailable comments. You can comment there or here; I watch both.


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May. 9th, 2016 01:50 pm (UTC)
I loved this movie. I think too many reviewers are cynical old grumps.

The Globe, at least, gave CW a decent write-up.

I can't wait to see your more detailed thoughts, if time and technology permit you to write them up. : )
May. 9th, 2016 04:15 pm (UTC)
This week is hella busy, but I'm going to try to provide more coherent thoughts possibly before next weekend.
May. 9th, 2016 02:20 pm (UTC)
Many film reviewers have different tastes than I do. It's a useful guide. There was one film reviewer in the times that I used to read faithfully. If he hated a movie, I knew I'd love it, and if he loved it, I knew I'd hate it.

A.O. Scott is up and down to me. Sometimes I agree, and sometimes I don't. But Scott is also a great writer and I always read his reviews, even if I'll never see the film.
May. 9th, 2016 04:22 pm (UTC)
I agree, many film reviewers do differ from me when it comes to taste. It's not the differing that bothered me so much; it was, as I said, the aggressively condescending tone.

Roger Ebert was able to look at a film, pinpoint the reasons that he didn't like it, effectively back up his reasoning, and complete his review without once suggesting in any way that someone who didn't share his opinion was an idiot. He and I often differed, but I never got the feeling that he'd have looked down on me for differing with him.

And I've enjoyed Scott in the past - perhaps that's why I read this with such surprise and angry disappointment. That he doesn't think the movie is good is fine; but he spent less time explaining why he thought it was not good than lining up the witticisms on the page.

If he hated a movie, I knew I'd love it, and if he loved it, I knew I'd hate it.

I have done that with reviewers. Years ago, there used to be a reviewer named Dave Kehr (he still might be around, for all I know.) At the time, he wrote for the Chicago Reader, and I used him in the same manner.
May. 10th, 2016 02:10 am (UTC)
Reminds me of the Phantom Menace review in Newsweek - David somebody. He started out with a paragraph admitting that millions of people see something in this film series that he doesn't. He then went on for ten pages advancing from the premise that if he didn't see it it couldn't possibly be there.
May. 10th, 2016 05:22 pm (UTC)
"Film" reviewers. Adorable, aren't they?

*eyerolls so hard she almost throws herself out of her chair*
May. 11th, 2016 11:38 am (UTC)
Och...cynicism...such an ugly way to view the world. I thought this movie was freaking fantastic (my only complaint being that there wasn't MORE - cause I'm greedy like that).

May. 11th, 2016 09:20 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I definitely thought it was fantastic as well.

I'm not sure this guy as cynical so much as he is simply a film elitist, but he could be both. In either case he can (wait for it) ...

... SUCK IT.
May. 14th, 2016 07:33 pm (UTC)
Eeeep, good luck with Windows 10! I hope everything went all right ;)

May. 14th, 2016 08:02 pm (UTC)
Thanks - the upgrade went surprisingly well, albeit not without a few glitches. It certain went far more easily than some previous upgrades!
May. 18th, 2016 08:39 pm (UTC)
Great! :)
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