Amateur blog for mostly Film/CD/Book/TV reviews ………
Rubbish, badly written, awful, mess, confused stupid and whatever comes after. The amount of adjectives that we endure within our short eight decades on this planet is nothing short of overwhelming. Yet within this onslaught of adjectives, borrowed expertly from the English dictionary, few of us take time to look within ourselves to focus on our more attractive features that we should preserve in the face of overwhelming negativity.
The personal example that I like to use is my handwriting. Never will I win an award for having the world’s most beautiful handwriting- that I know is the truth. Yet at the same time, I notice the indifferent persona sitting next to me in the library, their eyes slanting at the patterns that my blue ink makes on the paper that I have written. They are interested in the handwriting itself, in spite of the plain looking gentleman that they are sitting next to.
Vertigo released in 1958 by Alfred Hitchcock was resembled as a critical and commercial failure by many who disregarded its flashes of surrealism and themes of obsession as overly pretentious pap from a director who really could do better. Similarly a year later, Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty was met with a mixed critical reception and proved to be costly bomb, resulting in the studio making mass layoffs in various departments.
Yet both are heralded as masterpieces today with Vertigo repeatedly topping the American Film Institute’s polls. Meanwhile Sleeping Beauty has amassed a titanic fortune through its many re-releases and when adjusted for inflation, the lifetime gross stands at $478.22 million. Moreover it is being remade in life action form, with Angelina Jolie as the villainous Maleficent and Elle Fanning as the Princess Aurora.
So whilst it can be argued that overwhelming negatively incites low confidence and outstanding depression, the art of a person’s own work cannot be underestimated. With time comes the healing process, and- in the case of the two films above- appreciation. Yet the most important thing is to preserve is the positives.