Reviews of “Messiah” and “Dracula”

Why am I reviewing two series at the same time? To illustrate an interesting point.

* * * * A

messiahMessiah is a Netflix series in which a man claiming to be the messiah appears out of the Syrian desert. Watched by the CIA, he builds followings in Syria and America. The series walks the knife edge: is he for real, or is he a con man and a terrorist.

I really enjoyed this series, and am hoping that it is renewed for a second season. When I checked it out on Rotten Tomatoes, I discovered that 90% of the audience agreed with me. Yet what rating do the critics give it? 40%, rotten.

* * C

dracula-bbcBBC and Netflix have released a new version of Dracula that tries to take a fresh take on the Bram Stoker classic. Jonathan Harker, the hero of Bram Stoker’s novel, becomes a victim in this remake, and Dr. Van Helsing is replaced by Sister Agatha Van Helsing. There are some interesting ideas, particularly that Dracula can absorb the knowledge of his victims and that his brides are ghouls.

Unfortunately, the writing is terrible. After watching the first two episodes, I’ll probably give up on it. Again, checking out Rotten Tomatoes, the audience agreed, giving it a 55% rotten rating. Yet what do the critics give it? 70% fresh.

The Point

Film critics have always been rather out of touch. Often in the past they would rate things 20% higher or lower than the audience. Usually I would agree with the audience and occasionally with the critics. But now, the majority of critics seem to have lost touch with what makes film good.


About jimbelton

I'm a software developer, and a writer of both fiction and non-fiction, and I blog about movies, books, and philosophy. My interest in religious philosophy and the search for the truth inspires much of my writing.
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2 Responses to Reviews of “Messiah” and “Dracula”

  1. Thanks. I just posted about Brazil’s comedy troupe set at bay by mystical lynch mobs. This Messiah thing is reminiscent of the one who invaded and took over Mecca a week before the US embassy in Pakistan was torched, followed by the US diplomat kidnappings at the embassy in Iran. The Saudi news blackout was so airtight nobody mentioned it till way later. Oh, and thanks for the Anthem adaptation. I am listing errors in a mangled Brazilian translation and your approach avoids many pitfalls in languages that are way more highly inflected than English.

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