Why Relative?

The most important principle that governs our reviews concerns ‘relativity’.

What do we mean by this term? Well, we believe that the enjoyment a viewer gets from watching a film will be relative to the types of films they have seen before.

A snobby film critic may greatly applaud an art film that makes no sense to the average viewer. But they do this because they have seen many films like it before, and therefore understand the traditions and history from which that particular film emerged. This makes the film enjoyable for the snobby critic and not so enjoyable to the average film fan. Neither has final judgement on whether the film is good or not. The debate becomes irrelevant, since your experience is your own.

Another example would be a viewer who likes romantic comedies. They are likely to judge the latest romantic comedy film against other romantic comedies they have seen before. Either they will enjoy the film because it follows with (or even exceeds) their expectations, or they will not enjoy the film because it fails to reach those expectations. Either way, much of their experience when watching the film will be relative to the types of films they have enjoyed watching in the past.

At Relative Film Reviews we try to cut across the divide of personal opinion. Our reviews do not pass final judgement on the worth of the film we choose to discuss. We have no star rating or marks out of 10. Instead we will try to describe the types of expectations, moods, and personal likes and dislikes, which we think will maximise the enjoyment of watching the film.

If you are ever in that particular mood, or have those particular expectations, or enjoy the types of likes and dislikes we describe, then we recommend giving the film a watch. If you are not coming from the background we suggest, then maybe it’s worth saving the film for another day.

Either way, by following this process of “relativity” we intend for our reviews to make it easier for you to decide for yourself whether you should give the film a chance.



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