Into the garbage shoot with Fanboys?

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The Fanboys reviews are coming in, and they are… Not very good. Roger Ebert is particularly biting… io9 gives it more credit, but it didn’t particularly make me want to see it, either. And The Village Voice’s Robert Wilonsky says we’d “better off watching The Star Wars Holiday Special” – hyperbole, clearly. But the most damning thing from him, at least from my perspective:

The jokes, such as they are, consist of little more than Star Wars lines recited out of context—most of them variations on “These are not the droids you’re looking for.” It feels like the filmmakers’ way of saying, “This is a movie for members only.”

I am a member of the club, and I got tired of that kind of thing years ago. (Pay no attention to the entry headline…) Of course, it’s one thing to read a review, and another to actually see the movie. But unless ticket sales this weekend go gangbusters, I don’t think most of us are going to have that chance until the DVD.

If you’re searching for a more positive take, has a report from San Francisco screening.

5 Replies to “Into the garbage shoot with Fanboys?”

  1. Personally I don’t listen to critics at all. Most folks have their own personal ideas and vendettas about Star Wars and movies about their fans. I say if you want to go see it, or support the filmmaker who went through hell to get it released, then go see it.

    I did, 5 different times in 5 different cuts, and I like it.

  2. Most of us don’t have the option to go see it in the theater, and with those reviews, I doubt we’ll get one. This isn’t a movie like TPM or Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, that can easily shrug off bad reviews and go onto box office success… These reviews make it all the more likely that it’s not going to get wide release.

  3. I’m not terribly surprised. What I have seen of it hasn’t been overly inspiring and I’m the target audience. I’ll certainly give it a shot though, assuming that it ever comes to my town.

  4. Yeah, I’d probably go see it if it was even remotely in the area, bad reviews or not, but I wouldn’t drive four/five hours even if the reviews were glowing.

  5. I’ll probably netflix it for the Star Wars & Kristen Bell factor…but once it had all the issues with the studio, I knew the film they probably wanted to release would never see the light of day…too bad. Maybe the DVD will have a “director’s cut”…that would be nice.

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