Exhibit A: Normie

I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve said it. I will keep right on saying it until it becomes widespread, commonly accepted, the go-to viewpoint, or until I croak. Whichever comes first. A lot of the time I know I’m preaching to the choir. The geeks of the world already by and large know this: you should never trust a commoner critic to review a genre effort, because the critic is not in any way qualified. The analogy I use is if I started to write reviews for Opera. I know bupkis about Opera, thus it would be dishonest of me to review it. Yet Normies review geek movies every single day with nary any concern about honesty or professional integrity.

Permit me to present the following as evidence. This Normie’s review of THE GREEN KNIGHT, which was, as became immediately obvious to all geeks who saw it, a magnificent effort, really says it all. All about a lack of qualification. All about how embarrassing it is when somebody who could not possibly “get it” less nonetheless feels the need to offer commentary. It’s the perfect equivalent of me critiquing Opera—except I like to think I would at least attempt to be objective if I were talking about Opera. “A disastrous movie that dares you to leave the theatre”, he writes. He even uses the older spelling of “theatre” to make himself sound more erudite. “…dull, incomprehensible and award-winningly boring” he calls the film. Honestly, what’s the use of even trying to counter such an argument? Such a Normie doesn’t see the world the same way we see it, isn’t capable of seeing it in such a way, and wouldn’t be interested even if the ability existed. Just like we, the geeks of the world, wouldn’t want to see the world through Normie eyes. I can’t fathom why anyone would.

By TheCheezman

WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS, specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced, and directed (and occasionally acted in) over two dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and True Crime genres. He obtained a doctorate in Occult Studies from Miskatonic University and is an active paranormal investigator. Is frequently told he resembles Anton Lavey. And Ming the Merciless. Denn die totden reiten schnell!

2 comments

  1. I agree with you in general about “Normie” critics, but the normie “Dallas Morning News” critic gave “The Green Knight” an “A”. I actually read his review, before I read yours. In fact, I went to see it, the same day, I read his review (and of course, loved it)

  2. Really? The Green Knight gets you this excited? I found it kind of boring. I guess splitting the whole world into two classes doesn’t always work smoothly.

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