2014-12-23 – I haven’t written may movie reviews for the simple, but apparently misguided reason that I don’t see many movies. I now realize that shouldn’t stop me.
In the last few days, I’ve been seeing reviews of the action comedy “The Interview,” starring Seth Rogen and James Franco. This in spite of the fact that no one has seen it. For those of you who aren’t up on the news. This Sony Pictures movie is a lame comedy about a plot to assassinate the beloved leader of North Korea Kim Jong Un. Folks who claim to have hacked the Sony website issued death threats against anyone who would go to see the movie, so Sony decided not to release it—not for now, at least.
I’m not going to get into how bogus the threats seem. I’m just amazed and enlightened to learn that you can review movies without even seeing them.
I give “The Interview” one star. Life everyone else, I didn’t see it. Unlike some people, I wouldn’t have seen it even if it had been released. And if it is released at some time in the future, I won’t see it. I don’t even see four star movies, so why would I go to a one star movie.
I am apparently in the minority.
Other reviewers are giving the movie raves. 25,000 people on the film database IMDb have given this miserable flick an average of 9.9 stars out of 10. At the movie site Rotten Tomatoes, it’s an average 4.2 stars out of 5 from another 29,000 reviewers. None of these 54,000 reviewers has seen the movie. I don’t know why I thought you had to see a movie to review it.
It’s quite common for people have opinions on things they know nothing about.
In politics, it’s like: If you’re against it, I’m for it. So, if Kim Jong Un has gone ballistic (or threatens to go ballistic) over the movie “The Interview,” I must think it is the greatest movie since the last movie I didn’t see.
The problem is: I don’t really think Kim Jong Un has a problem with the movie at all. I don’t think that North Korea was behind the threats to Sony at all. Someone else is trying to make Kim Jong Un look like a fool. I think that Kim Jong Un really likes the movie (having never seen it).
And if Kim Jong Un likes it, I don’t.
I don’t really know if any of this is true. But that shouldn’t stop me from having an opinion. Should it?