Sunday, June 29, 2008

Excess of reviews.... The unresolved delimna

Well, I am going to watch the movie "Thoda Pyaar Thoda Magic" today with family. Well, I have already purchased the tickets and planned my day, so really, I don't have much of a choice but to enjoy the movie. However, in spite of having no choice, I still wanted to check out the reviews for the movie, just to set my expectation right. If the movie is reviewed bad, then I could put on my commentary hat and start making mischievous comments making it still an enjoyable experience. I have done that in the past and it works out ok.

However, I went through a bunch of reviews on this movie and I can't make out whether the movie is really good or bad. Take a look at this:

  1. Vinita Bharadwaj says its good, (lets quantify it as 4/5)
  2. Raja Sen at Rediff rates it 2/5
  3. Joxily John thinks its 3.5/5
  4. Atta Khan thinks its 2.75/5
Thats a wide range - 2.75-4 governing from not bad to good (with average and above average in between). But I have to admit that its far better than having the range from 1.5 to 4.5 which pretty much would have left me confused as to whether all of those reviewers watched the same movie or not.

Anyhow, as the purist would suggest, reviews are highly subjective and one has to compare each reviewers previous reviews to your review of the movie to assign weight to the reviewers and finally come up with a final review to take a call. Instead of doing all this, me would prefer watching the movie and review it myself.... (I am not sure it would be worth writing a blog though..)

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