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How Not To Respond To Film Criticism | ManlyMovie

How Not To Respond To Film Criticism

The director of Kong: Skull Island, Jordan Vogt-Roberts, has been going apeshit on the internet.  Some reviewers were not happy with the movie and this set the director off, in a series of Twitter tirades.  Here is how you shouldn’t respond to criticism of your film.

Begin like this:

“I just wanted to point out why these videos are infuriating. They’re often just wrong or think they’re smarter than you. I love film criticism and I love reading negative reviews if the author makes compelling and well-written arguments… I make movies because I love film. These guys are just trolling the art form we love and profiting from it while dumbing the conversation.”

Well dummy, if they’re trolling (they’re not), you’ve lost the minute you acknowledge them.  Continuing:

It clearly both hurt him and made him mad.  Also, among the tons more of these Tweets (check out his stream for more), we can’t forget the obligatory virtue signal;

Oh, hahaha.  That’s funny, I’m not even being sarcastic, it’s funny that the ‘T’ word is just thrown up randomly.  What’s also funny is that the man is not exactly defending a masterpiece.  It would be different if, say, this movie was Shot Caller, and some dickheads were unfairly ripping up a nice piece of work.

But this Kong movie looks like a fucking video game.  Personally, I felt like I was sitting through a prolonged PS4 Pro cutscene.  Totally vacuous bling.  There’s something about CGI that the more easy it is to produce and paradoxically the better it looks, the worse the immersion is.  Kong looked stunning, but was extremely repellent.

And that problem was not bailed out with substance!