Kvikmyndaáhugamenn þekkja ófáir til ástralska leikstjórans Alex Proyas (The Crow, Dark City, Knowing), mannsins sem hefur mikið haldið sig við vísindaskáldsögur og stílískan hasar. Gods of Egypt er hans nýjasta mynd og hlaut bæði dræma aðsókn og heilmikið baul frá gagnrýnendum vestanhafs (eins og Rotten-einkunnin sýnir vel).

Proyas ákvað að baula á móti á Facebook-síðu sinni.

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Leikstjórinn sparar aldeilis ekki útreiðina eða stóru orðin, kallar gagnrýnendur ‘hrægamma’, kennir þeim um slöku helgaraðsóknina og segir það alltaf fylgja þeim að kunna ekki að hugsa fyrir sig. Segir hann að alvöru, marktækir gagnrýnendur séu af deyjandi sort. Nefnir þar meðal annars að Roger Ebert hafi ekki verið alslæmur, en Ebert var einmitt einn af stærstu stuðningsmönnum myndarinnar Dark City. Hann var með yfirlestur á DVD disknum og blæddi jafnvel í fullt hús þegar Knowing kom út.

En nóg um það. Best er að lesa alla (óþýddu) útrásina, hún er hér:

 

NOTHING CONFIRMS RAMPANT STUPIDITY FASTER…

Than reading reviews of my own movies. I usually try to avoid the experience – but this one takes the cake. Often, to my great amusement, a critic will mention my past films in glowing terms, when at the time those same films were savaged, as if to highlight the critic’s flawed belief of my descent into mediocrity. You see, my dear fellow FBookers, I have rarely gotten great reviews… on any of my movies, apart from those by reviewers who think for themselves and make up their own opinions. Sadly those type of reviewers are nearly all dead.

Good reviews often come many years after the movie has opened. I guess I have the knack of rubbing reviewers the wrong way – always have. This time of course they have bigger axes to grind – they can rip into my movie while trying to make their mainly pale asses look so politically correct by screaming “white-wash!!!” like the deranged idiots they all are.

They fail to understand, or chose to pretend to not understand what this movie is, so as to serve some bizarre consensus of opinion which has nothing to do with the movie at all. That’s ok, this modern age of texting will probably make them go the way of the dinosaur or the newspaper shortly – don’t movie-goers text their friends with what they thought of a movie?

Seems most critics spend their time trying to work out what most people will want to hear. How do you do that? Why these days it is so easy… just surf the net to read other reviews or what bloggers are saying – no matter how misguided an opinion of a movie might be before it actually comes out. Lock a critic in a room with a movie no one has even seen and they will not know what to make of it. Because contrary to what a critic should probably be they have no personal taste or opinion, because they are basing their views on the status quo. None of them are brave enough to say “well I like it” if it goes against consensus. Therefore they are less than worthless.

Now that anyone can post their opinion about anything from a movie to a pair of shoes to a hamburger, what value do they have – nothing. Roger Ebert wasn’t bad. He was a true film lover at least, a failed film-maker, which gave him a great deal of insight. His passion for film was contagious and he shared this with his fans. He loved films and his contribution to cinema as a result was positive. Now we have a pack of diseased vultures pecking at the bones of a dying carcass. Trying to peck to the rhythm of the consensus.

I applaud any film-goer who values their own opinion enough to not base it on what the pack-mentality say is good or bad.

 

Það er margt til í einhverju af því sem hann segir en satt að segja hefði hann frekar átt að kenna skelfilegri markaðssetningu um vonda aðsókn.

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Alveg eru til nokkrir gagnrýnendur þarna úti sem hafa hrósað Gods of Egypt fyrir að vera stórskemmtileg sorpskemmtun, sem svo vondri mynd að hún er næstum því meistaraverk. Einn á Rotten kallaði hana „Battlefield: Earth sverða- og seiðgaldramynda“, þannig að mögulega – bara mögulega – hefði Proyas mátt vanda sig meira í sínu starfi.

Gods of Egypt verður annars vegar frumsýnd 11. mars hér á landi.