Okay, is it just me, or has anyone else noticed a certain criticism cropping up a lot in reviews these days? I’ll provide an example.
Quote:But maybe it’s the work that I’ve been doing lately, or maybe I just have a car battery where my heart should be, but I can’t really imagine looking at all of the characters in all of the world who can populate a movie, and settling on eleven young, mostly white college ballplayers as the ones worth centering in an uncomplicated story of friendship, discovery, and the joys of freedom and teamwork.
I just don’t hold with the idea of criticizing a movie for what it’s about instead of how it executes its plot. Because there are so many stories these days, in novels, in movies, in TV shows, on Netflix, in comics, in video games, even in fanfic, that if you aren’t interested in something’s subject matter, it takes you literally five seconds to find something else. This isn’t the sixties. There aren’t three channels. The one case you might make is that certain brands, like Marvel movies or Pixar films or two-hundred-million-dollar summer blockbusters in general, are tastemakers and so are obliged to diversify. But Everybody Wants Some!!, the movie being reviewed, is a small independent picture. There are plenty of other small independent movies being made about minorities. So if you’re watching Everybody Wants Some!! and not something else, isn’t that on you?
And I guess I’m really confused by the implication that people want every movie to be Precious: Based On The Novel ‘Push’ By Sapphire. Like the TV show I’m watching now on Netflix, The Grinder, is about a successful and happily married attorney whose brother is the obnoxious star of a melodramatic lawyer show, who now thinks he can be a real lawyer by applying the tropes of his TV show to real life. And obviously, that’s not a real high-stakes problem. You could say it’s a ‘white people problem’ or a ‘first world problem’ or whatever. But it’s entertainment.
I don’t know about you, but seeing some teenage girl get abused and molested and have three children by the age of thirteen doesn’t entertain me much. But if you want to watch stuff like that, there are plenty of shows that ‘build your awareness’ about how teenage girls who grow up in poverty and have been raped fifteen times aren’t having an easy time of it. I wouldn’t watch those shows and complain that the morbidly obese teen mom should crack more jokes and have a musical number. Why are you watching a movie about teenagers going to a party and complaining that it’s not about the Khmer Rouge?