interstellar_aSideNote: Managing Expectations

The most peculiar thing about “Interstellar” coming out hasn’t been its lukewarm 73% on Rotten Tomatoes or that it came up short to “Big Hero 6” in the box office over it’s opening weekend, it’s the apologetic reaction from fans of director Christopher Nolan, most of which defended the film even before its release.

“Interstellar” isn’t the first movie to fall victim to hype. But its worth discussing how a person’s reaction to the film is almost set in stone before they even see it. I have always liked Nolan’s films, but since I’m trying to offer an objective opinion on a blog I try to clear my mind of any good, or bad, expectations before watching a film. The same goes for games and television shows.

Regardless of attempting to appear objective, the most self-aware critics can be swayed be premonitions. Often you’ll hear about critically-well received films get shot down by everyday movie-goers. If I had to pick any director where this bias would apply to me, it’s Wes Anderson.movies-star-trek-into-darkness-still-2I have loved every Wes Anderson film since “Bottle Rocket” and whenever his next films are announced they instantly become my most anticipated movies. With that said, it took me about five months to come to the harsh realization that “The Grand Budapest Hotel” was flawed. As a “Star Trek” fan as well, the same harsh realization occurred months after seeing the problematic film “Star Trek: Into Darkness.”

To avoid bias in objective journalism, critics and bloggers must actively knock themselves down a peg. All artists – the best video game companies (Valve), the best film directors (Hitchcock), the best painters (Picasso) – are human, and occasionally will create art that doesn’t land well with the masses.

Destiny-Beta_20140723015047But just because something doesn’t land well with the masses, doesn’t give it a definite label of good or bad. We can feel so connected and passionate about these things sometimes, and sometimes we handle that passion inappropriately. Scowling on the Internet at those who disagree, deeming all who oppose our opinion wrong is a negative, knee-jerk response. Just take solace in the fact that you were able to find enjoyment in something that not many other people were able to, and no matter who your favorite artists are, view their work objectively, open to all their potential successes and mistakes.