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Critics be Damned!

“I’ve been all over the world and I’ve never seen a statue of a critic.”
Leonard Bernstein


Critics — BvS, The Jungle Book, Warcraft

There is the story of a newspaper strike in New York city. It was in the 1950’s and a new musical opened on Broadway called Kismet. Without the benefit of a critic’s review, word of mouth spread positive and the play was a success.

The critics are ripping Batman v Superman. I believe them! I will go see the movie like millions of others and it will be a financial success. Sadly, this is not my Superman. This was hijacked by Hollywood, they took a different character and put the big S on his chest and named him Superman.

My Superman does not kill. The basis of B v S is the aftermath of Supes killing General Zod in the “first” movie. Superman does not kill, we get great enjoyment in seeing Superman out-smart the villain.

For me, it was all about the three-way relationship with Superman, Lois Lane and Clark Kent. The enjoyment that we got as an audience, being in on the secret was wonderful.

Hollywood hijacked another classic in The Jungle Book. If they are remaking the Disney Cartoon (and I think they are) but as a live-action movie, then it is a musical. No? You can’t pretend this is Kipling when a major good guy is now a major bad guy.

The Warcraft movie? Critics be damned, we players will all wonder if they know what they are talking about. It will be like a food critic assigned to review the Bolshoi Ballet.

In the play Waiting for Godot, the two characters get into a yelling match and are hurling insults to one another. Finally one yells “Critic!” and the argument is over, he won. The worse insult ever: critic.

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