I was watching a youtube video this morning called Theater Talk. It was a group of New York theatre critics talking about this past season of shows. I decided a few things about myself as I was watching it. First off, I'm too nice to be a theatre critic. Really. I find it very difficult to find mean or unkind things to say about any show. In fact, there's only been one show I've ever been to in my life that I didn't really like (I didn't blog about it) and it was just the acting that caused all of my feelings about the show to be unkind.
Secondly, I don't go to shows expecting one thing and getting something totally different. A lot of people (critics especially) were highly unimpressed with Catch Me If You Can. You can tell by my review that I loved it. I didn't go in expecting anything other than colorful sparkly fun. And that's what I got.
I do know this about myself: If I think I'll hate it, I don't go. My prime examples of that are Spider Man: Turn Off the Dark and Book of Mormon. Really, I wanted the Tony awards performance of The Book of Mormon to make me change my mind about the show. It didn't. So maybe it isn't that I'm not mean. Maybe it's that I'm smart enough to avoid the shows I know I'll hate.
All I could think about while I watched this video this morning was Taylor Swift's song Mean. Cause I really kind of feel like these critics are just looking for something to pick on sometimes. Don't expect a show to be something it's not. If it's meant to be fluff, and they do a good job at making it fluff, then don't bash it for being fluff. You don't yell at a cat for being a cat and not a dog. It doesn't make any sense.
So, I guess that means being a theatre critic when I grow up (?) is out of the question. No one would hire me cause I'd give nothing but good reviews. If you want to watch the above mentioned video, I've posted the clip below.