After a blogging hiatus, my husband made his triumphant return with a review of the film The Good Doctor.  This was a movie that neither of us enjoyed with an ending that was so jarring and abrupt, we went back twice to make sure our disc wasn’t skipping past the actual end of the film.  We both went in excited, especially since JK Simmons (Oz) and Wade Williams (Prison Break) were both part of the cast, but the pair barely received any screen time, plus the time they we given seemed very awkward.  My husband’s review goes into great detail and I invite you to read it here:


A few hours after the posting, he received a (yet to be approved at the time of this posting) comment from a female who did not take a liking to what he had to say.  Unfortunately, her counter argument left me feeling as empty and confused as the movie itself.  I love a good debate and I enjoy the back and forth that can come about when you have the chance to talk to someone who have a different view than your own.  I learn things on a regular basis from people who disagree with me when they provide information that I was either not aware of or was not well-informed on.  Differing opinions keep things quite interesting.

I wish that the commenter on my husband’s blog had presented something we had missed that would have made the film make a bit more sense.  Instead, she discussed Bloom’s sexy body and eyes after saying that the lack of clarity in the film was intentional.  She criticized my husband by assuming he rented this film thinking it was an action film filled with explosions and fighting.  She ignored the fact that the film’s ending was terrible and felt as if the last few pages of the script were lost and none of the crew noticed.  It was painfully obvious that she is a die-hard Bloom fan and was none too happy about someone being critical of his work.  Everyone is entitled to share their opinion and she chose to share hers, but I can’t help but wonder why she even bothered.

frustrated young  woman.

It is incredibly easy to get someone to throw aggressive and silly negative remarks on a blog or news article, but can be somewhat of a challenge to get someone to either post something positive or to disagree intelligently.  We get caught up in the fight to be right and resort to playground argument techniques rather than try to have an adult conversation with another adult.  And while it sometimes is appropriate to throw out empty negative remarks at certain types of people, it’s not always worth the effort.  For me personally to weigh in on a random article or blog, I have to be very passionate about the subject matter and have something truly worthwhile to say.  If I disagree but cannot come up with the right words to do so, I move on with my day.

Movies discussions are one of those where it’s incredibly hard to be wrong because so much can be left up to interpretation and personal taste.  I enjoy horror and action over romance, so naturally I will generally have a higher opinion of a movie that strives to make my skin crawl than one that tries to make me cry.  I prefer certain actors over others (go to hell, Mark Walhberg) so certain films that feature my favorites will definitely rank higher than those who cast people I’m not too crazy about.  With films that are similar in style to The Good Doctor, there is no doubt that quite a bit of room is left open to allow the audience to speculate and decide character motives and certain elements of the back story.  I don’t see any worth in this film though, and the commenter ended up doing more harm than good as far as influencing my opinion.


If you’re going to take time out of your day to stop your flow of activity and put your thoughts on the internet for all to see, be in anonymously or not, what’s the problem with putting a tiny bit of effort and thought into it?  If the only thing you have to add to the discussion is “you’re wrong, you suck” or something equally as useless, you’re better off simply making an internal critique and moving forward with your day.  If you’re going to provide a reason why the presented information is wrong, take some time to present a half decent argument.  I don’t even care at this point if someone is completely wrong and ill-informed as long as they put forth the effort and forgo the easy route.

We are all capable of leaving a comment that can inspire confusion, hate, or outrage.  It’s insanely simple to do and requires no more knowledge than knowing what pisses people off in general or can piss off the audience you suspect are going to read the article and see your remarks.  I’m 100% in support of equality when it comes to marriage and there are no shortage of news articles and blogs covering all sides of the argument.  If you’re against same-sex marriage, that’s fine, but have enough self-respect to express that intelligently rather than saying “homos are sinning and will burn forever!!!”  Both the intelligent comment and the thoughtless one can cause the same amount of rage and uproar, but at least one of them will do so for the right reason.


Let’s disagree and let’s argue.  Let’s call people out when they’re wrong without fear or reservation.  Let’s add to existing articles and stories by injecting a piece of ourselves into them with our own stories and opinions.  Let’s speak up and speak out.  But while we’re doing so, can we also make good use of everyone’s time and use our big kid vocabulary and reasoning skills?  Even if you just want to get a laugh and leave a dirty comedic comment, put some thought into it and get creative rather than simply recycle jokes or use foul language for shock value.  Figure out what your goal is when leaving a comment (and yes, you need a goal) and aim for it.  If your sole reason for commenting is to blather on unintelligibly or cuss outlandishly so people cuss you back, please shut down your computer and go play outside.  Leave the internet for the grown ups.


About Jamie C. Baker

“Long time no see. I only pray the caliber of your questions has improved.” - Kevin Smith

Posted on March 6, 2013, in TV/Movies, writing and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

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