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We should stop pre-judging films

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The internet gives us unprecedented access to every stage of a films production - from rumours before a film is even announced to set photos and leaks at every stage of promotion. Official press representatives share out spoilers and some trailers contain the entire film compressed into a couple of minutes. It is no surprise, therefore, that we as a collective are quick to judge and comment on a film long before it arrives in cinemas. Hell, this week I've seen a review based entirely on a trailer - a review that was subsequently seen by the director!

The most recent, and obvious, example of this is the constant barrage of negativity that is flowing in the direction of Paul Feig's reboot of Ghostbusters. A film, with a stellar cast being directed by one of the best comedy directors currently working in Hollywood - the brilliant Bridesmaids and Spy are on his CV - is getting slated because it has the gall to replace the male leads with members of the opposite sex. First the announcement created uproar, then official photos were ripped to shreds because the uniforms didn't look right and even now we're still seeing loads of negativity at every little reveal.

The film itself has attracted all of the surviving major cast members of the original films (with the exception of Rick Moranis who has retired from acting); and all of them have said only positive things about the script. They may only be showing up in cameos, but how long was it that the original team never managed to get something together themselves?

All of this has happened before we've seen even one second of footage from the film. These aren't opinions formed from facts - even most trailers will do little to give an accurate representation of the final film - these are preconceptions that have, in recent years, taken on a much more aggressive and vocal tone. Before Twitter gave film watchers a conduit to share all of their tiny thoughts these opinions rarely left the small communities in which they were discussed but the huge echo chamber that is social media amplifies these views exponentially. And worse, it is likely to be seen by those currently working on the project being unfairly slated.

Why should Paul Feig, Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy be subjected to this kind of thing non-stop for weeks on end? It must be tiring and demotivating. All because internet loudmouths shout their opinions from the rooftops in massive numbers because THEY don't like the thought that someone is creating something different to what they think they'll like. Its easy to see why so many people end up retiring from the social spotlight and rejecting Twitter and its ilk.

Everyone is a critic - we all have our opinions and likes and dislikes but its unfair to jump to conclusions based on nothing but a few words and pictures. Wait, see the trailer or initial reviews and make a judgement based on the facts - anything else just devalues your opinion and just makes you look more than a little bit silly.

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Last updated: 06/08/2018 15:30:07

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Star Wars is a science fiction film series created by George Lucas. It debuted in 1977 and the first film was quickly retitled to Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. It was followed by two sequels - The Empire Strikes Back in 1980 and Return of the Jedi in 1983. A trilogy of prequel films were launched in 1999 with The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones and Revenge of the Sith. In 2015 Star Wars returned to the screens for a new trilogy under the control of Disney with The Force Awakens directed by J J Abrams.

A series of spin-offs were launched in 2016 with Gareth Edwards' Rogue One and 2017 will see the second film in the new trilogy, Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi.

Another spin-off will be released in 2018 - Solo - which tells the story of Han Solo before the original Star Wars film and 2019 will round off the third trilogy with the untitled Episode IX.

A fourth trilogy of films has been announced for release after 2020 which will be overseen by Rian Johnson and they will feature entirely new characters and an entirely separate story.

In addition, there are the TV series The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels and a new as yet untitled live action series due to debut some time after 2020.

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