Saturday, September 30, 2006
Film critics are strange people, amiable, enthusiastic and, to a rough approximation, wrong. But Manohla Dargis of The New York Times is simply bewildering. I have posted before on her wrong-headed review of the excellent A Scanner Darkly, but she has excelled herself with her review of The Queen. She starts by describing it with hair-raising inaccuracy as 'a sublimely nimble evisceration of that cult of celebrity known as the British royal family.' Er, what? The rest of the review goes on to confirm she hasn't a clue about the crucial dynamics of this film. Let me offer her some help derived from that great novel Giuseppe de Lampedusa's The Leopard. The trick is to change in order to stay the same. See?
Posted by Bryan Appleyard at 11:25 am