With services like Spotify, Pandora, Netflix, Hulu Plus and Gamefly, it seems like reviews are a dying art. I used to read reviews all the time because I wanted to make sure I didn’t waste my money on junk. Now, either it’s available for a nominal cost or I can already tell whether or not I’d like it. Sure, with most of these services I don’t own the content, but I can take it on a test run and if I like it make the choice to buy it for myself. Why then do I care what “Joe Reviewer-Guy” has to say about the latest Copeland album?
This is something I’ve been struggling with for the past year. As ChristCore starts branching out into entertainment, reviewing movies, albums, TV shows, and other things, I find myself asking: why does it matter? Most of you will watch what you watch regardless of what we say. So why do we even bother saying it?
For me, the joy lies in the camaraderie.
I subscribe to a lot of podcasts, websites, YouTube channels that review everything from movies, TV shows, games and tech. More and more, though, I find that I actually don’t listen to reviews until after I’ve seen a movie or decided not to see a movie. Why? Isn’t that pointless? I suppose if the point of reviews for me was to not waste my money as it was before then yes, it is. However, over time it has changed to an odd form of validation.
Let’s take 50 Shades of Grey as an example. When I first saw this trailer, my eyes rolled. Terrible Twilight fan-fiction and morality aside, this movie looks dumb. I even enjoy the two lead roles, in other things, but I had zero interest in this film as a Christian, as a moviegoer, zero. Yet, I found myself watching the reviews. Why? Because I wanted to see if I was right. Was this movie as terrible as I thought it was? In this case it turns out it was. Did I feel validated? Did I feel like I had a special skill for spotting bad movies? Yes, I did. On another level, I felt an odd connection with the reviewer like when you see someone with a shirt of an obscure band you love and think “we could totally hang out.”
For me, reviews have become less of a place for seeking information and more of a place for finding like minded people with interesting opinions and outlooks. Though, I will say, the greatest moments are when I’m wrong. I had a very similar reaction to the Paddington trailer and couldn’t wait to hear my favorite reviewers demolish it. Trouble is, they all loved it… Oh no! What to do? Well, I watched it with my niece, she cuddled up to me as we ate Ring Pops my wife gave us and I had a wonderful time. I guess sometimes being wrong is just as satisfying as being right.
My hope is that you, as readers, will find a community in ChristCore of like-minded believers with interesting, insightful input on the things you love. I also hope that you will engage with us and share the things you love.
What do you think about all of this? Why do you read, watch or listen to reviews? What are some YouTube channels you would suggest? Comment below and let us know! My favorite three YouTube reviewers are here:
Thanks for listening to my rant.