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Gee, The Critics Have Always Been So Right Before?!

"The public is the only critic whose opinion is worth anything at all." -  Mark Twain 

Who knew all those years ago the great Mark Twain would inadvertently hit the nail on the head when it came to "Batman Vs. Superman - Dawn of Justice."  Critics panned it.  And it promptly went out and set the record for biggest Easter opening weekend ever.  But really, were you surprised?  Two of the THE biggest comic book heroes EVER in the same movie (with a newly revamped Wonder Woman added to the mix) and a blind man could have seen its success coming from a mile away.

"I never met anybody who said when they were a kid, I wanna grow up and be a critic." - Richard Pryor

So that begs the question, "Why do we give a shit what the critics say?"  Seriously, why?  If you're intrigued by the trailer or the commercial or preview... you're gonna go see it.  Am I right?  The critic will say this or that about the cohesion of the cast or the look of the film or the ability for you to connect with the material.  Blah, blah, blah.  If you're like me, the ONLY time I care about the critics is when something is SO terrible, you're looking for each review to up the ante on how much they can bash it (see reviews for "Showgirls," "Over The Top," or "Freddy Got Fingered").  It's like that scene in "This is Spinal Tap" where they summed up the album in two words.  If you didn't see that film.. you're missing out.

"You don't need a critic to tell you people aren't laughing." -  Chris Rock 

Or I could have put it another quote from one of my favorite Mel Brooks films, "History of the World, Part One."  With the birth of the artist, comes the inevitable afterbirth of the critic.  But, hey, I get it, it's their job to go and see it before the rest of us, and let us know if it's a turd in a punch bowl or the next "Titanic" or "Avatar."  Still... how many "critically acclaimed" film strike you as total pieces of shit?  Oh yeah, the critics loved it.  But I fell asleep during the opening credits.  It happens.  Bottom line... if you see something that interests you, go see it.  Then, and only then, will you be permitted to pass judgement on it.  Unless it's a remake or a reboot.  If you see those - shame on you!  - MO