Movies are movies. Like any creative work you can spend days, weeks, even years on something and it will either hit and resonate for years to come or will come and go in the blink of an eye.
The latter was the case with the film adaptation of “The Goldfinch” which a month ago was tipped to be a potential awards player and hit – until it screened to terrible early reviews and subsequently released to even worse box-office. Very quickly it became apparent the film was a misfire on numerous levels.
The film’s star Ansel Elgort however has taken to social media to discuss the reaction, imploring fans of his to give the film a go and saying critics chose to target the film with negativity:
“Critics usually are really great writers and they have to kind of choose a side. They decided that pointing out everything wrong with the film is the best way to write their reviews, their articles. They are all great articles, too. All the bad reviews are well written but there is a lot of good in the film, too.
The film does work. People who see it, enjoy it and are moved by it. The most important person it moved for me was my mother, and she’s not moved by all my films. She really liked this one, which made me really like it, too. So it’s still in theaters, take your mom.”
In the wake of Elgort’s posting, a Reddit user claims the star’s fans flocked to “Letterboxd, IMDb, and Fandango writing fake 5-star reviews”. Indeed the Letterboxd page for the film is getting a sudden flood of 5-star reviews with comments like “haven’t seen it yet but don’t make ansel cry” and “We trying to cheer Ansel up pls”.
Even with all the confused messaging, Elgort has one salient point and that is make up your own mind and you have every right to love or hate a film or show no matter how critically lauded/despised or how popular/unpopular it might be.
Source: The Playlist