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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Movie Criticism for Dummies

This short article is the love child of intellectual internet arguments and fan rage sprung from the latter. Hey, at least something came out of them.

I'm not saying you shouldn't have a personal opinion about movies, or art in general, my following points will just be guidelines for bringing a cinematic piece of art's objective qualities in the spotlight:

  • The books/comics or any other source material DON'T COUNT, at all. A movie is an individual piece of art, thus it needs to be treated as such. If certain critical (/necessary) plot elements from the source material are excluded from the movie, that's a major flaw. The same can be said for reboots and remakes. You can measure them in terms of their faithfulness, but in that case you evaluate the movie as an adaptation, not a stand-alone film.

Strictly as a Batman adaptation, The Dark Knight trilogy is weaker than as a stand-alone series.