Kong: Skull Island director Jordan Vogt-Roberts has elaborated on his takedown of CinemaSins, explaining why he feels the YouTube channel is not satire. Earlier this week, the filmmaker fired back at CinemaSins’ “Everything Wrong with Kong: Skull Island” video, pointing out several mistakes that were made. In a Twitter thread, Vogt-Roberts insinuated the makers of the CinemaSins videos barely pay attention to the movies they target, as many of their perceived flaws are easily explained through context or filmmaking technique.
As one might expect, Vogt-Roberts’ comments caused a stir online, launching an interesting debate about whether or not CinemaSins is good for film criticism. In the wake of the mini controversy, people have defended the channel by saying their content is not meant to be taken overtly seriously, and is instead constructed as comedy or satire. That may be true in some cases, but Vogt-Roberts isn’t buying it. Looking to put a bow on the whole situation, he’s offered an intricately detailed analysis of CinemaSins and why he doesn’t consider their videos to be funny.
Once again taking to Twitter, Vogt-Roberts posted a lengthy thread where he expanded upon his earlier points and used examples from CinemaSins’ video on Rian Johnson’s Looper (which is considerably shorter than the ones they put out today) to illustrate his feelings. We’ve posted the first tweet in the thread below. You can click on the link to read the thread in its entirety:
Couple of things I want to say regarding cinema sins, the misuse of the word "satire" and a few more things. I need to put a bow on this.— Jordan Vogt-Roberts (@VogtRoberts) August 16, 2017
Vogt-Roberts begins by arguing CinemaSins videos offer little in the way of value, especially now that they frequently run in excess of 18 minutes (the original ones were about 3) and are negative for the sake of being negative. He makes comparisons between Sins and Honest Trailers and Red Letter Media’s (in)famous review of The Phantom Menace, saying he believes the latter two are satire/criticism because they both offer a point of view unique to their brand that can “hold up under scrutiny.” Vogt-Roberts’ main issue with CinemaSins is that they simply list flaws with a movie in a “seemingly factual way” that are sometimes baseless and exclusively mean-spirited. The director does admit there are times when CinemaSins works well, but they’re rendered null by everything else. To show his problems with the channel’s approach go beyond their critique of his film, Vogt-Roberts took several screenshots from the aforementioned Looper video and pointed out how they’re not valid “criticisms.”
With Skull Island now available on Blu-ray, it means the Honest Trailer for the movie is right around the corner. It will be interesting to see what Vogt-Roberts thinks of that video when it’s released, considering he seems to be a fan of Honest Trailers based on his tweets. In the past, directors have joined ScreenJunkies to watch their own Honest Trailer and provide feedback, so perhaps Vogt-Roberts will be the next to do that. Time will tell, but he appears to have made his peace with CinemaSins.
Kong: Skull Island is now available on Blu-ray and digital.
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