Recently, I have been thinking about the task of writing reviews in general. Most film critics will say that they are objective in their film analysis, but that also made me think about those films which a reviewer may find difficult to review objectively. The reasons may be some emotional attachment to a movie (which may stem from childhood), the fact that a reviewer has seen a particular film too many times (developing a biased liking towards it), or maybe one thinks that a particular film is somehow too brilliant for words and any extra words to describe or analyse it will be futile. For example, one may just want to write one word: “brilliant” or “masterpiece” and then put a full stop. It will be interesting to hear or discuss some examples.
Personally, I would never be able to write any coherent review of “The English Patient” (1996) directed by Anthony Minghella. I find it full of emotional undercurrents and inner beauty, and how can I possibly put that in an understandable format in my review?Another film which I will find hard to review is Paul Thomas Anderson’s “There Will Be Blood” (2007). That film is perfect. What is more to say about it? The same goes for “Gone With the Wind (1939) being the most perfect book-to-film adaptation ever, and any criticisms to its length and implied racism are simply beside the point given the time it was made. Lastly, I will find almost nothing to say about Quentin Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction” (1994). It just needs to be seen to be appreciated. The dialogue and the scenes composition are second to none there. Apart from commenting on Tarantino’s “revolutionary” moves there and his trivialisation of violence, the film feels as thought it goes beyond any analysis, and, perhaps, maybe for that very reason, it does remain one of the most analysed modern films.
What about you? Do you maybe have a couple of films in mind which you feel you will not be able to review objectively? Maybe you have seen a particular movie hundreds of times and developed a bias towards it? Or maybe you think it is so good that you will struggle to find words to describe its impact on you?