En revanche j'ai un critère absolu pour détecter une mauvaise critique dans le tas des critiques plus ou moins fainéantes et prétentieuses ; ce critère découle du fait qu'il est impossible de déduire la qualité générale d'un scénario à partir du résultat à l'écran.
D'où le théorème de viktor énoncé comme suit : "Toute critique qui utilise le mot 'scénario' pour juger un film est une mauvaise critique."
Indisputable gospel #714: I can tell a critic doesn't know his job when he blames a movie on the screenplay.
People who “critique” screenplays or scripts are paid to read them (be they low-wage readers or overblown script doctors). Basically critics are paid to watch movies (then some just paraphrase while others are kind enough to find and offer a real perspective).
I think that when a critic feels like writing the word screenplay or script in a piece, it should ring a bell. Maybe he is a little lazzy, making a general and careless assessment. Isn't the point only about the conventional story? the predictable plot? Or maybe it's the structure which looks unbalanced, with full sequences shuffled in while others are rushed out.
Screenplay/script: those words mean nothing to a movie-goer. It's only lame critics who overused the technical buzzwords to pretend they know what it means.
Do critics really need to invite criticism that they're nothing but frustrated writers?
Simple fact: you can find umpteen pieces where the critic indulges in some “director good but he stuck with stinking script.” On the other hand show me one review that reads “wonderful screenplay is spoilt by untalented director.” Ha! Hit the writer, he won't bite back. He is the man with the least power in the top credits. Now come hit the producer for a change.
Farfetched analogy time: If a dinner entrée or desert is fabulous, it makes sense to assume the recipe was good. But when an entrée arrives from the kitchen burnt into a smoking charcoal lump, would your first thought be to blame the recipe? Only if you're a film critic, it seems. When the food is great, the cook is a star, but when the dish is served cold and underdone, the poor chef 'struggled valiantly trying to elevate a mediocre recipe into something worth eating.'
Ted Elliott & Terry Rossio
(extrait de la chronique Crap-plus-One publiée sur Wordplay)
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