Is it Right to Nitpick?

When do the little problems become big problems? When is it right to nitpick?

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Creator of 5 Second Movies, Nostalgia Critic, Bum Reviews and more.

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3 Comments on "Is it Right to Nitpick?"

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I never thought about that angle before. But I can see that now, it is more frustration with the situation than it is the actual movie. It is akin to when a book or comic you really enjoy is released as a movie. The book or comic that sucked you into that world left a lasting impression on you. The author took you to a place outside of your existence and you felt a part of something that mattered to you. When it is translated to the big screen you are hoping and praying that certain things might become clearer… Read more »
You bring up an interesting point considering movie adaptations of books. Interestingly enough, the metaphor that comes to mind for me to try and describe why movie adaptations get more nitpicked than a standalone film is music. You can make the same argument about songs as Doug made about movies, that if you’re noticing small mistakes, the song isn’t really sucking you in enough. After all, a musician is just as human as a director so mistakes are bound to be made. The problem with an adaptation is that it’s like playing two songs at once, one you’ve already heard… Read more »
It’s a decent analogy, but it only stretches so far. Often, the reason you dislike a work is because of differences, not ‘mistakes’. The problem with a lot of adaptations of books is that that form of storytelling doesn’t mesh well with visual forms. Most people love Jurassic Park, but would be amazed to hear that most people who have read the book, say it’s better. Why? It had room, depth and time to do what it wanted without the constraints of a visual medium. The film excises whole parts of the story, removes some characters and changes the motivation… Read more »