Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Not Exactly the MPAA

I’ve been told that my movie rating system needs an explanation. So, here it is…

My number rating system is pretty straightforward. A rating of 1 (or sometimes 0) means “horrible” and 10 means “a masterpiece.” What’s not as clear is that there are usually two areas in which I give a number rating. First is the Artistic Merit rating. This number represents a consideration of the film as a work of art. It reflects the cumulative effect of all aspects of a film: scriptwriting, acting, production design, cinematography, musical score, and so on. If I believe it is a well made film, it will receive a high Artistic Merit rating.

The second rating is the Personal Marks score. (Yes, my two ratings are initialed AM and PM. Ain’t I clever?) This represents how much I liked the film, regardless of its artistic merit. Sometimes I may enjoy a movie that isn’t the greatest piece of filmmaking (or vice versa) and I like to make a distinction between the two. “Fun to watch” doesn’t always equal “good art.” Kung Pow: Enter the Fist is one example. It’s hilarious and a blast to watch, but as a piece of art it stinks worse than Sean Penn’s humor.

On occasion, I might evaluate a third category: Theological Soundness. Thr3e, reviewed earlier today, actually got two such ratings: a +10 and a –10. The +10 represents the film as portraying life from a Christian worldview without a hidden agenda (i.e., using the medium of film as nothing more than a lame excuse for a sloppy “proselytizing message movie” that the masses can’t enjoy). It also gets a –10 rating because the underlying theological belief on which the story is based is nothing short of gross doctrinal error.

So that’s how I rate the movies I review. I hope that clears things up.

1 comment:

~Jen said...

i was jut curious as to why you said, "the underlying theological belief on which the story is based is nothing short of gross doctrinal error." I'm confused. Please, feel free to email me a response. THANKS!