At my daughters’ insistence we saw the new Percy Jackson movie this weekend. I was not expecting much as it had received about a 30% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Maybe my expectations were low, but I really enjoyed it. The characters were very likeable, the story made sense and flowed well and the effects were great. Sure, it ain’t Shakespeare, but it is not suppose to be.
So, I looked at the Rotten Tomatoes site to find out what was so egregious. Here is what struck me — 70% of audience voters liked it. The whole reason a movie like this is made is for audience enjoyment… point finale. It had no grandeur ambition – it was not going for originality, artistic statement or a meaningful metaphor. For critiques to pan it because it doesn’t do more that entertain is to miss the point of this movie. The critiques were wrong and, as evidenced by 70% of audiences confirming the movie did exactly what it set out to do.