re: but is the movie "such a mess"?
Posted by: Michael_Portantiere 08:59 am EDT 03/31/21
In reply to: re: but is the movie "such a mess"? - Billhaven 11:21 pm EDT 03/30/21

I would not at all say that you and I have different criteria for judging a movie (or a show, or whatever). I feel that, in A STAR IS BORN, Judy Garland AND James Mason give two of the finest, most powerful performances ever committed to film, and there is also much brilliance in the film in terms of the screenplay, the musical scoring, the production design, etc.

What I would say is that I think you and I fall into two different camps when it comes to critical analysis. Some people are able to (and think it's interesting to) identify and analyze flaws even in the films, shows, etc. they truly love and which are generally considered masterpieces, and ALSO to recognize whatever elements are good or even great in works of art that they consider among the worst ever created. Then there are other people who, if they love a show (for example), cannot see or at least refuse to acknowledge whatever flaws it may have -- and conversely, if they loathe a show overall, they can't see and/or don't wish to discuss what's good about it. I place myself very much in the first camp, and I'm proud of it, because I think it's healthy to be able to recognize and discuss flaws in great works of art and vice-versa.

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