I’ve been toying with this idea for a while, even back when I was editor of Film Threat a couple years ago, and I think now is the time to try it out. Simply, for as much as I think professional critics do bring something to the table when it comes to cinema conversation, I’ve also been aware of how often the audience and the critics seem to drift apart, especially when it comes to mainstream releases. In an effort to explore this a bit more, I’ve come up with the idea of Audience Reviews. Here’s how it’ll work:
1.) Every week, I’ll post a Review Template for a mainstream film or two coming out that weekend under the title “AUDIENCE REVIEW: MOVIE TITLE.”
2.) That weekend, in the comments section of the template, you, the audience, should post your thoughts on the film. Don’t post anything before the release of the film, however, as this is an experiment for the regular audience that watches these films, not for the folks who may be getting advance screenings.
3.) Come Monday, I’ll assemble, from the bits and pieces in the comments, an actual review for the mainstream film, including selecting a star rating based on way the comments skew.
4.) Said review will be credited to “the Audience” and will forever exist on Film Threat like any other review.
What do you think? Cool idea or absolute trainwreck waiting to happen? I guess we’ll find out. So, for our inaugural week of audience reviews, here’s the mainstream releases hitting cinemas this weekend. See ’em, comment away and let’s see if we can get an actual review out of this insanity.