What is with people nowadays? People have been waiting with baited breath this week to see what the Rotten Tomato score for Justice League will be. Really?!? Does a bad review make a movie less entertaining -or- a good review make a movie more entertaining?
Either way the score has been reveled and it’s not very favorable for the Warner Bros. movie. At the time of this writing Justice League has a 43%. That score is far below the score of Wonder Woman, but on the bright side its much higher than Batman v Superman and Suicide Squad.
Let me back up a second…
I have no investment in Justice League but I do have an investment in fairness and I believe someone who gauges their entertainment on the thoughts of others is unfair to the medium of movies and unfair to themselves. At the end of the day the moral of the story should be “don’t follow the masses, be your own person.”
Justice League or comic book movies in general aren’t the only forms of entertainment impacted by Rotten Tomatoes and other critic sites. Almost every facet of entertainment is being judged by critic totalitarian score systems. One of the biggest victims other than movies have been video games. I admit that in the past I have used Metacritic before to browse video game scores. This was way before the whole explosion of total critic score shit. At the time it was nice to see a cross section of reviews from magazines and websites and see what the scores were, but I read every single review and based those on my decision not just a simple number or letter score. But sadly in recent years those scores alone have been enough to sink companies and put hard working people out of a job. As far as movies go the Rotten Tomato score keeps people from seeing a film. Either someone is afraid of seeing a dud or afraid of looking stupid for enjoying a movie with a low score.
A review is a weird thing. In a perfect world they should be un-bias and factual, but they aren’t. Even the most seasoned critic uses everything from their surroundings, theater performance, crowd reactions, how they feel that day, and even what they ate for dinner to judge something in THAT MOMENT OF THEIR LIVES. See how I capitalized that? That’s because it’s their lives, not yours or mine. Until I go through the same chain of events the reviewer did in that given moment, they don’t speak for me. Sure, I may agree with something’s they say but I can only draw that comparison AFTER seeing the movie or playing the game. I can’t agree with them before hand and use their judgment to not go to the cinemaplex.
It’s that reason that on paper Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic, and others should work because it’s an average. So all movies should start at 50% and go from there, higher percentage movies being enjoyed by more reviewers and a lower percentage the opposite. But that only works if 100% of reviewers didn’t bring their own baggage with them to the movie theater.
How many times have you loved -or- hated a movie, just to reverse your decision after a second time watching it. I know I have. Sometimes I’m a hard nut to crack. I like a lot of weird shit that someone my age wouldn’t typically like, so scores don’t mean shit to me. I’m also horrible to ever hand out scores myself because I find most movies entertaining on some level, and shouldn’t that be what it’s about? My level of excitement goes up or down after viewing something, but all-in-all I’m entertained…and I want to be. The older I get I find that I have less time to be entertained, so I have become more open to everything and anything (within reason) that entertains me.
Enough about me, back to Rotten Tomatoes…
So imagine 100 reviews from across the country and all of them saw Justice League. Some live in rural areas, some in cities. Some have families, some are single. Some like action movies, some like drama movies. Some think comic book movies are silly, some think they are great. Some like Mexican food, others like Italian. Some are well off, some are struggling to pay their bills. The list goes on and on and on, but each one of these things impacts the viewer on a television show they watch, or a movie they have seen in some way. When you start lining these things up its probably not 50-50. That’s the reason very few of us in life see eye-to-eye. People are in strafe constantly over bigger things than movies, so why would something as trivial as a movie be any easier?
Hey, sometimes they get it right and a great movie gets great scores…but how much of that comes from the second string of reviews that don’t want to be left out and just follow the crowd? I know, I know…I probably just sound like a crackpot and I’m ranting for the sake of ranting and for that I apologize. I will stop here, even though I can keep going on….
I mean they are starting to put Rotten Tomatoes scores on DVD covers, WTF…sorry…sorry…
Anyway, all I can say is don’t let others influence your decisions to see a movie or not. You can always take advise and do with it what you will but don’t let a number keep you from enjoying something you want to see. My advise, find a reviewer, a single voice, that shares a lot of the same views as you and listen to their advise and reviews. But still do your own thing, you’ll be happier that way.