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Elizabethtown screencaps
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veronica_rich From: veronica_rich Date: January 4th, 2006 09:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
You see where the year-end issue of "Entertainment Weekly" took great delight in bashing Orli and/or "Elizabethtown" at least three times within its pages? (Then again, those critics have it in for him big-time ...)

Pah, I say. It'll be out in a month!
araestel From: araestel Date: January 5th, 2006 11:15 am (UTC) (Link)
yes, unfortunatley i did. *sigh* I personally think critics were jealous of his quick rise to fame, his good looks and/or his personality. SO they lash out anyway they can--like giving bad reviews. No, "Elizabethtown" isn't "Jerry McGuire", but I personally wouldn't want a clone of something that's already been done. I enjoy "Elizabethtown" for its own merits as has everyone I suggested see the movie.

I wish there was never such a thing as a "critic". *They* killed this film before anyone had the opportunity to give it a chance.
veronica_rich From: veronica_rich Date: January 5th, 2006 11:54 am (UTC) (Link)
Problem, too, is many, many people will allow a critic's opinion to override even a natural desire to want to see a movie. I believe there are many casual fans of Crowe's previous movies who would've gone to this at least once (giving it more money and a fairer pool of judgment) who didn't do so, who thought they wouldn't like it, who actually WOULD have liked it. (Now there are movies I don't want to see where I'll believe anything bad a critic says about it. But that's only in cases where I vehemently dislike the premise, actors, subject, or director; case in point, I avoid Joel Schumacher (sp?) whenever possible. The man's name on LOTR would've been enough to keep me out of the theater.)

I don't mind a critic if they explain why they arrived at an opinion and how something could have been better (hell, I even agree with some of the criticism of "E-town" that centers on the script itself). EW says Bloom's performance was "limp;" I say it was appropriately understated to the character as written. Did they ever bother to explain that the character was written that way, or why he was? I don't remember seeing it, if they did. Ditto on a lot of other critics - show a reasonable cause and effect. That's like telling someone the neighbor's dog bit your leg without also adding the part about how you climbed over the fence and threw rocks at it just before the bite.
araestel From: araestel Date: January 7th, 2006 10:38 am (UTC) (Link)
Exactly! It's like a critic's review is written in stone. hrumpf! That's why I've said they killed the movie before it ever started. I've never taken critic's to heart--I find I have my own mind and can make my own decisions. And I decided to love this film! LOL

As for his performance, I thought it was spot on given the nature of "Drew" and what he was going through. Now don't get me wrong, there was one spot that still makes me cringe. But overall, I thoroughly enjoy the movie. If I hadn't, I wouldn't have tossed out money for 13 viewings plus drink and popcorn at the theatre. ;)
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