Yesterday’s post about how much I love reading bad reviews had me thinking all day (when in reality I should have been watching my son’s lacrosse game).
The entire conceit of a review from an established critic (and maybe even a person with a degree in film or television) may be obsolete in this era of the social network.
Given the news that a new television show is debuting (or a new movie is premiering, or a new eatery is opening), who would I trust more – a fifty-something writer from The Washington Post or my friends on Facebook. My online friends are my buddies because we have similar tastes and interests. Those likes and dislikes are probably more in line with my own than some scribe than I have never met toiling away at a desk.
Then there are some movies where a review is pointless. Take a movie based on a popular franchise from literature or television (Star Trek, the Harry Potter series) and there is a built-in audience for that movie who will see the flick regardless of many critics pan it.
I’ve had the belief that people would line up around the block to see animated stick figures if it had the names of “George Lucas” and “Star Wars” associated with it. Now, starting in 2012, I will be able to partially test this theory as the Star Wars movies are getting the 3-D treatment.
Final Note – I’m trying to imagine a newspaper that would have the moxie to get rid of its critics (TV, movie, restaurant, music, etc.) saying that they are unnecessary in the 21st century.