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As the Phrase Turns

Posted on 2009.05.03 at 23:10
Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: Listen to What the Man Said - Wings
I have always disdained the sort of critic who places a higher premium on phrasing a clever put-down than on giving an honest review. On the other hand, if that’s how the critic genuinely feels, I can appreciate a well-turned phrase.

Here in Chicago, we have the good fortune of being able to read the movie reviews of Roger Ebert. He was the first person to win a Pulitzer Prize for film criticism. Even though I have disagreed with many of his reviews, I always appreciate his craftsmanship as a writer, as well as his knowledge of and passion for films.

Roger turned a phrase the other day that I think is worth quoting. The film was X-Men Origins: Wolverine. He gave it two stars (out of four), but you wouldn’t have known it from some of the things he said about it. His closing was a nicely turned barb:

“…Because we know that the modern Wolverine has a form of amnesia, it cannot be a spoiler for me to reveal that at the end of “X-Men Origins: Wolverine,” he forgets everything that has happened in the film. Lucky man.”

Ouch babe!

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