Movies have become the most common subject for controversy lately. Almost every movie makes it to the headlines these days. Usually, because of divisive opinion of critics and casual moviegoers. I see people telling each other that a movie sucks because a certain critic says so. Others tell each other that Rotten Tomatoes is in fact, rotten itself and no one should pay heed to what they have to say.
The Four-Point Rule
I too, was baffled a little while ago and found myself at the center of conflicting opinions. I liked a movie but since everyone hated it, I somehow felt wrong. Everyone hated it because a critic hated it. It was a weird cycle. Until I stumbled upon this unique comment while browsing 9GAG. I memorised the comment then and there, it was simple four-point rule. I could not find it again so I cannot cite or quote it now but the rule goes like this:
- If critics and people both like it – it’s a good film.
- If critics like it and people hate it – it’s an art film.
- If critics hate it and people like it – it’s a fan film.
- If critics and people both hate it – it’s a bad film.
For example, I loved Batman v Superman (BvS), especially the Ultimate Cut. I still found myself fairly entertained by the theatrical version. BvS was however, the epitome of divisive opinions and while that is a good thing, I found many people changing their views once they read the critic reviews. That wasn’t a good sight.
Applying the four-point rule on BvS: Critics hated it, obviously. We’re all well aware how the movie was bashed right before it’s release. People liked it. There were those who hated it as well but a fair amount of people respected the direction and the future that the DC Extended Universe is heading toward. Therefore, it’s a fan film. End of story.
Easy, right? You’d be surprised to hear that this actually works. Since I started applying this rule, moviegoing has become an easy task and I have started having fun watching movies again. No more discussion, debate, conflicting opinions etc. Just plain ol’ entertainment.