Sunday, November 23, 2008

Twilight and film writing

One of the things that bothers me slightly in the reaction to Twilight is how many film bloggers who run in the same circles don't want to go see it. Many of them, I suspect, would like to be film critics one day beyond their own blog site. Having done that and continuing to do it, one of the important things is learning to write about films that are not up your alley. I understand the temptation to want to stick to films that give you intellectual red meat. At the same time, though, critics have to learn how to deal with all sorts of films. You have to be able to write an intelligent and/or witty pan just as effectively as a deeply intellectual rave about an art film.

Whether you like it or not, Twilight is a cultural phenomenon that says something about where we are. If it's not your thing, it's perfectly snicker-able material, so that it's entertaining either way. It's also tremendously fertile ground for writing a fun review. It also has some things that I honestly like about it. In fact, it wouldn't surprise me at all if I liked, or at least respected, the next outing. The ability to write about such a film is essential to the profession.

4 comments:

redison said...

Great thoughts!!

Pinko Punko said...

Your review really read like a C. I'm still surprised you gave it a D.

K. Bowen said...

Really? I thought it read worse than that.

Daniel Getahun said...

Interesting thoughts. I suppose I would be one person at whom this would be accurately directed, but I still think there's something to be said about being able to skip some movies that you're not interested in, just as I think it's fair to see movies and not write about them. I'm not refusing to see Twilight, but I'm just not making an effort to see it (and it helps that there are some others right at this time that I really do want to see). But you're right - you should be able to write about movies that you don't like or want to see.

Also, there are plenty of people (myself included) who aren't going to be paid critics anytime soon (and some may not even want to). Not that we should aim low or anything, but it can be nice to take advantage of the freedom of a blog and not feel pressured to write. Just my thoughts.