I love reading scathing reviews. They’re often clever and definitely the most fun to read.
So far, this summer is providing a steady stream of bad blockbusters ripe for critical wit. First there was Poseidon and the multiple ways that critics could riff on the waterlogged/drowning theme when talking about how bad the film turned out to be. (Currently a weak 29% rating on the critics Tomatometer.)
Now, we have the Da Vinci Code, with all the indication of another critical bomb. Here’s a gem from the Chicago Tribune’s new lead film critic Michael Phillips, who replaces Michael “I Give Everything 3 Stars” Wilmington:
Worst, “The Da Vinci Code” goes in for a flash flood’s worth of
flashbacks, whether to illustrate the brutality of various Christian
wars, or to show Langdon falling down a well as a child, or Sophie and
her mysterious grandfather. It’s like a flashback fire sale. And early
on, when one character turns to another and says, “You’re in grave
danger,” you think, well, everyone’s in grave danger-of being burned
alive by Hans Zimmer’s overheated score.
Flashback fire sale…I love it.
The most anticipated movie of the year is clocking in at a dismal 20% Tomatometer rating. Fine by me. I have as much interest in seeing this movie as I do in reading the book. Which is to say none.