Whereby I discuss the choice to pay to watch a film …
Those of you who follow me on Twitter may have noticed a back-and-forth between myself and a number of other bloggers regarding writer Adam Batty from http://www.hopelies.com and his twitter-comment of the recent Hitchcock. He wrote:
“Hitchcock was dreadful, and in Hopkins contains the worst performance of the year, if not the decade.” – @AdamHopeLies
I think the big issue is regarding my own RT of his tweet – despite not seeing the film myself.
Should I remain resolute? Should I cease to comment or reveal my incoming-opinion, formed by the writers I read?
The nature of film-blogging and writing on film, often gives the impression that we are on a quest to view every film on release; that we staunchly hold our judgement until we watch the film. There is a truth to this when those who haven’t seen a film passionately defend or insult a film – clearly that is an uninformed and uneducated opinion.
But we are all a product of our own foibles and experiences. We know what type of film we like and what we will expect when viewing a film. Trailers, reviews and ‘tweets’ all give a hint about what we could expect.
Though critics and opinions can be completely against our own, the opinion on Hitchcock is out. Adam’s tweet – alongside countless other critics negative views – means that the film is unlikely to be a knockout. Maybe I’ll like it a little bit more than the general consensus – but statistically, its is exceptionally unlikely that it will get into my best films of the year. I’ll reserve any type of true judgement until I see it – but the bottom line is, I have to make a decision as to which films I will watch; and which ones I don’t.
And Hitchcock, despite being a fan of The Master of Suspense’s canon, I don’t initially plan on seeing. And I make no apology for this. If I am sent to ‘cover’ it on behalf of a website or publication; I will. Happily. But to pay for it? Nope. I’ve yet to see Amour, Silver Linings Playbook or Seven Psychopaths. I also have a stack of films on my ‘to-watch’ list including New York, New York, Crimes and Misdemeanors and The Rescuers. My time is too precious – and they all take precedent.
I will not watch a film because it is touted as an Oscar contender (we shall see…) – and I surely won’t pay to watch it purely for an opinion. There are hundreds of films that are in the vessels of history that have earned awards – but I haven’t seen them. This time next year, I ask myself, will Hitchcock be remembered? Indeed, will it earn any awards at all? Why should a film, simply due to its timely release and excessive publicity garner my attention over others? It needs to be relevant and important enough to gain my time and currently, Hitchcock has not gained that attention from me.
Ironically, I saw a trailer for the ‘other’ Hitchcock-bio film – The Girl, and, so far, it has gained my attention.