Tis the season to be jolly, exhaust your insulin reserves and embarrass yourself at various social gatherings before crawling under the blanket of credit card debt you’ve amassed in the process. It’s also a time of year when someone will probably want to watch Frozen, on repeat, multiple times a day.
CinemaSins is a YouTube channel dedicated to pointing out the flaws in some of the worst, most expensive and best performing movies to grace the big screen. Frozen just happens to be one of them.
Everything Wrong With Frozen
“Dammit all, is this movie doing the whole ‘simple misunderstandings that real people would never have because they ask questions and have normal human conversations about it’ thing?!”
In case you managed to escape the multi-sensory commercial barrage, Disney released musical animation Frozen last year, raking in over $67 million in the opening weekend alone. The film went on to gross over $400 million by June 2014 – and by many accounts it sucked.
The important thing to remember here is not to take CinemaSins too seriously. The contributors have virtually no filmmaking expertise, though they do have a good eye for overused tropes, inconsistent narrative and those recurring logical fallacies that plague films of this ilk.
Everything Wrong With The Hunger Games
“How did Will Smith’s daughter get up in the tree, undetected?”
The CinemaSins tagline reads “no movie is without sin”, which is a nice way of saying that they don’t just pick on the obviously flawed, but also the box office hits that often survive the critics. The Hunger Games saga exudes a refreshing sense of its own style and uniqueness in a sea of Harry Potter and Twilight clones, but it too isn’t without sin.
Everything Wrong With Avatar
“Oh I see, the humans want to pave the Na’vi paradise and put up a parking lot.”
Avatar is a flawed mess of CGI, money, James Cameron’s ego, more money and the best bits from other successful films – but not everyone sees it that way. By 2009, George Lucas had already proved that you can’t sell a film solely on CGI when he butchered Star Wars – but James Cameron did a stellar job of picking up where he left off.
Call me old fashioned, but gaping plot holes, exoskeletons lifted straight from Alien and symbiotic smurfs does not a good film make. If you enjoy this kind of matter-of-fact criticism, be sure to check out Red Letter Media’s legendary Star Wars reviews and regular theatre-themed features from a team who have actually made films.
How To Make…
If no movie is without sin then every director is a sinner. Some of these sins are repeated time and time again, as hallmarks of directorial style; or a constantly evolving guidebook about how to not make a film. But these directors keep getting work – directors like Michael Bay (above).
If Michael Bay makes bad films, M. Night Shyamalan makes arguably worse films as is evidenced by the long list of flawed hallmarks (I think I’m going to start calling them flawmarks) in the reel above. I was genuinely surprised that I actually recognise M. Night from the exhaustive and self-indulgent bit-parts he has worked in over the years, rather than in the same way I recognise Wes Anderson or Spike Jonze.
Due to the director’s overwhelming ability to stamp his mark on any scene that passes through the viewfinder, Quentin Tarantino is also put under the spotlight. It shouldn’t surprise you to know that, like many other successful directors, Tarantino has borrowed and developed much of his signature style by taking what works from other movies and running with it.
Everything Wrong With CinemaSins
“Hate makes us stronger. We’re like demons in a Ghostbusters movie.”
And just to prove the point, even CinemaSins itself isn’t immune to critique, ridicule and admitting fault. It’s here where the channel’s masterminds reveal that they have never actually made a film, though in the grand scheme of things this doesn’t really matter.
If there’s one lesson to take away from this it’s not to undervalue your own opinion. So what if you haven’t made a film, you are the target audience for these films. You aren’t duty-bound to like something simply because you lack the means of producing it yourself.
So go forth, be opinionated and subscribe to CinemaSins on YouTube.
Are you sick of Frozen yet?