So the other day I sent out a quick tweet insinuating that I did not like the indie flick “All Superheroes Must Die.” More specifically I said:
I’d like to say I’ve seen a worse movie than “All Superheroes Must Die.” I’d like to, but I can’t.
Ouch. Ok, that was harsh. But I sent it out into the internet, not thinking much more about it, until the writer, director and star, Jason Trost (@theJTRO) retweeted my criticism.
I felt pretty bad about that. Not because it made me like the movie more, because it didn’t. But because I felt like I had spat in the movie’s face with a pithy little snark about the film, when that short insult didn’t really highlight why I disliked the movie. As someone who does indie work in books and games, in spite of my usually thick skin, it always makes me appreciate a reviewer more when they temper their dislike with appropriate criticism. I have learned things about my work from bad, yet insightful reviews. The starkly negative, terse ones give me nothing.
So I regret condemning the movie in such an un-enlightening way. I forgot that when I post things to the internet it’s not just to my small cadre of followers, it’s to the entire world, if they care to look for it. So I have decided if I have something bad to say, I’ll write it up in a blog post and link to it, if it’s so important to me that my opinion be known.
That said, I disliked ASMD because the story was full of continuity errors (all four were given their powers in a meteor crash, but the Wall doesn’t know what pain feels like?) heroes looking like they’d never seen a fight before (Shadow dropping her weapon as she ran towards the enemy) and a whole host of deus ex machina that I felt kind of insulting as a viewer. There actually were some interesting ideas in it, but they were lost in a poor execution.
I will grant that it’s an extremely low budget movie. But when it sits alongside other films I will hold it to the same quality. Just as in my writing – people could either buy Cages or they could buy Neil Gaiman. Low budget doesn’t excuse bad writing – you get good writing for free, if you’re the one writing it. Still, it’s impressive that Jason Trost has found success with his work, and should in fact be lauded for that if nothing else. I just can’t say that I’m a fan yet. Here’s to seeing if he changes my mind later on.