Wednesday, November 29, 2006

A Prestigious Review

Apparently there is some debate raging about whether blogger’s have the required qualifications to review. It certainly seems to have inspired some witty fiction, vitriolic debate and a backstage look at reviewing. Anyway here’s my contribution:

I don’t know if I mentioned this but this is how 2006 started. Myself, Colleen and Siobhan were stood in front of Sacre Coeur and as the midnight hour chimed out two German Magicians wished us Happy New Year and performed a small trick for us. For one tiny second my face slackened and that look of childish wonder crossed my face.

I’ve just been to see The Prestige. Why? Well, because I like Christopher Nolan. What has he done? Memento and Batman Begins. Why do I like those films? Well, because Memento was a clever way of presenting a story and Batman Begins finally presented the Batman I know and love. What have these two films got in common with The Prestige? Well, it’s clever and Batman and Alfred are in it, except Batman is Alfred and Alfred is someone else, but really the same person he always is. Confused? Well that’s kind of the way the film leaves you.

I went to see it with Claire. Before hand she had sent me two reviews. Quite amusing really; one was in the Guardian, one in the Observer, one hated and reviled it, the other loved it (actually I skimmed over the second, but I think that was the gist of it).

So I left the cinema undecided and wondered. I skirted past the hordes of tourists quickly to reach that piece of open sky above the cemetery. The bit of the walk where you can appreciate the stars and the moon and that’s when I understood and a smile crossed my face. Ah, so that’s what it was all about. So I’ve decided I liked it.


Minx said...

Funny this 'free thinking' business isn't it? Makes you almost believe that if you are not careful then you could develop an opinion about something!

Verilion said...

Me! Develop an opinion? Although I was having a conversation yesterday with a 10th grader who remembered (just after I told her about the really boring bit in 1984)how much I hated the Redwall series, and she wasn't even in my fourth grade class when I began that tirade!

Atyllah said...

That's exactly it, it's all opinion. Though what makes one lot think there opinion is better than anothers beats me. Sure they may have a degree or experience but does that make them any more or less right than the next person? Comes down, as you say, to what the individual likes.

Verilion said...

Indeedy Atyllah, and what a boring world it would be if we didn't have raging debates hey. Still when it comes to books I far prefer personal opinions to well paid ones.


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