Remember, the person with the most comments before the end of the month gets a free Shahrukh-in-a-bathrobe-with-alcohol poster! It’s beautiful and I know you want it. Give a comment, or preferably many many comments (you can choose multiple movies and have a separate comment for each) on this post to help you win.
Shahrukh just gave a brilliant speech about how the job of a critic is to elevate art, not to minimize it down to a star rating. So true, and something which has lead to many films that aren’t “perfect”, that don’t fit within some ideal critic’s template, to be rejected and overlooked.
Let’s take Jab Harry Met Sejal as an example. It is a brilliant movie with amazing performances that got forced into the tiny box of “yet another rom-com”. It was given a simple star system rating and a simple one sentence meme-friendly critique and no one went any further than that, and people missed out on a good film.
Now, NO ONE ELSE CAN PICK JHMS!!!! You have to come up with another example of something that was really good and really strange and somehow the critics turned it into a joke and the audience never gave it a chance. Or, as I said, multiple examples! Give them each their own comment! Makes it easier for discussion, plus also increases your poster chances.
Here are a few for me:
Jaan-E-Mann: This is an extremely weird film. And yet it has these moments of pure beauty, plus three really fun lead performances. It’s worth watching despite the critical hate! And it was the first time I discovered that I didn’t always agree with Indian film critics.
Ra.ONE: This is a big silly fun dumb action movie, and all it ever wanted to be was a big silly fun dumb action movie. But somehow it was reviewed and treated like a failure because it wasn’t something better than that. And because it had a few slightly racist/ethnic jokes.
Just in case you can’t think of any that fit the “critics drive me crazy because they don’t give films a chance” rule, you can also do the alternative, “a movie I only watched because of the crazy good reviews and then I loved it“. For me, Loins of Punjab. It’s got a bad title and a bad poster, but I saw so many critics lavishing praise on it that I gave it a chance and it turned into one of my all time favorite movies.