Don’t get me wrong, when the CinemaSins YouTube channel first appeared on the scene with its “Everything Wrong With” series I was one of the first bloggers to cover the channel’s work. I did find the early videos to be funny and at times eye opening in terms of some of the mistakes that make it into the final version of a film, but recently I’m finding their critiques to be overly monotonous and nit picky.
This is definitely the feeling I had when I watched part of the “Everything Wrong With” video for The Force Awakens, which released a few moments ago. Somehow they found enough “sins” in this film to warrant a 19-minute video on them, which I find to be a bit ridiculous, because it’s not like The Force Awakens even remotely sucked. Hell, the same channel released videos for the Star Wars prequels that featured similar lengths, so how could the latest Star Wars film be as sinful as the crappy prequels?
It’s as if the Cinema Sins team doesn’t know how to properly critique a film anymore. It’s like they’re trying to one up themselves on each video to try and come off as trend setters by trashing a film that still has a 92% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and is widely considered a critical and financial mega-hit. Some of their critiques are just plain dumb, such as the fact that Leia had limited screen time, which to any fan of Star Wars makes sense when you consider that the new trilogy isn’t about the old characters. It’s about Rey, Finn, Poe, and Kylo Ren, so yes you won’t see much of Princess Leia. Big deal. Of course they go after the A New Hope comparisons, which at this point is beyond beating a dead horse and not even a remotely original critique.
Oh well, maybe I’m being a curmudgeon, but I just feel like Cinema Sins has run its course and is trying to desperately to be shocking these days. If you care to check out the sins of The Force Awakens you can do so after the break.
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