Sunday, May 15, 2011


Sometimes I will be reading customer reviews on Amazon and one will strike a nerve so I am compelled to comment on it. That's the case for a one-star review someone did of Dumbo. Why the one star? Because it was a sad and depressing movie. That struck a nerve so I commented. Here's the whole thread:

The original review:

1 of 14 people found the following review helpful:
1.0 out of 5 stars I love Disney but..., May 6, 2011
This review is from: Dumbo (Two-Disc 70th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray / DVD Combo Pack in Blu-ray Packaging) (Blu-ray)
don't get me wrong i love Disney movies.i own several of them on Blu-ray and am looking forward to future releases of theirs as they become available but people Dumbo is really sad and depressing. Don't get me wrong the animation is good but this movie upset me as a child and it is still upsetting. If i were a kid i wouldn't want to watch this over and over the way young children do.
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Your initial post: May 7, 2011 10:45:35 AM PDT
monkuboy says:
So a movie has to be cheerful and happy to earn a higher rating from you?

In reply to your post on May 7, 2011 9:22:07 PM PDT
Of all the reviews on here I don't see why you are so bothered by this one, this person has given an actual review of the product, and explained their reasoning. That's an acceptable review even if I don't agree with them.

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My second comment:

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an earlier post on May 7, 2011 9:43:53 PM PDT
monkuboy says:
Then I suppose an acceptable review of the Titanic would be that it is sad and depressing because the boat sinks. Don't get me wrong, the special effects are spectacular but the movie is upsetting because the boat sinks. I asked the reviewer a question, which, based on the way his review was phrased, is a legitimate one. He rated it very low because he found it "sad and depressing" which would imply that only happy movies would earn a higher rating from him. I don't see why you are so bothered by my comment. It is an acceptable one, even if you and I and the reviewer do not agree.

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Posted on May 10, 2011 6:20:02 AM PDT
David Mead says:
I suppose if one does not like depressing movies, then don't watch them. However, don't watch one that you know will depress you and then give it a low rating just for that reason. As an instructor of tv/film production and criticism, one thing I tell my students is to remove yourself from personal prejudices and view the film for its own merits. If one cannot do this, then don't review it (nudge to David Denby.)

Posted on May 10, 2011 6:24:31 AM PDT
David Mead says:
Just one more thing, I would be interested to know how this reviewer got his hands on the Blu-ray as it will not be released until September. Time travel perhaps or do you belong to the Academy?

In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2011 3:12:35 PM PDT
Obviously everyone is entitled to their opinion, but just because the movie is emotional or sad doesn't mean it's bad. If it had bad story telling, pacing, bad artwork, those would be things to give it a low rating. But just because you find a movie sad isn't something to rate it low for. Especially making it 1 out of 5 stars. That's ridiculous. I suppose Bambi is also rated 1 star because his mother dies?


So there you have it, as of today. I just think it is ridiculous that someone should pan a movie because of the emotions it brings forth. I can just imagine the original reviewer being one of those types who supports having kids sports in which no score is kept, so that the loser doesn't have to feel bad and their self-concept is endangered. Instead, hey, everyone's a winner! We can all pat ourselves on the back because it's TIE SCORE! Argh...

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