Hi, guys. I’d like to talk today about a problem that’s been prevalent in the internet horror community (and the world in general, really) for waaaay too long now. Attached above is a reply I received to my post about seeing the Evil Dead remake, as well as the definition of the word “opinion”, which I’ve taken the liberty of enclosing here because apparently some people never bothered to learn it in their youths.
Having an opinion about something doesn’t make you right. Opinions are inherently inaccurate, in actuality, because they’re opinions. You can back one up with facts and evidence and the like, but at the end of the day an opinion is an opinion is a fucking opinion and trying to force your opinion on other people is about the most gauche thing you can possibly do in life. Opinions are your personal interpretations of things informed by your tastes and your preferences and your beliefs and your worldviews and since every single human being who lives now, will live in the future, or has ever lived at any point in time has one, absolutely nothing makes your opinion even a single iota more valuable than anyone else’s. So don’t try to act like yours is more important or more “right” than another person’s because at the end of the day it isn’t, and it just kinda makes you look like a tool for thinking it is.
Movies, like basically everything in life, are subjective. I don’t care if you’re an “esteemed” film critic or a five year old, your opinion will never be valid or invalid because opinions and facts are mutually exclusive. And while nothing can stop you from offering your opinions up to people all you like in life, I can more-or-less guarantee you that most of the people you posit them to are going to think you’re the jerkiest breed of jerk imaginable if you open your statement of opinion (once again: not fact) by immediately dismissing theirs. Debating is fun and I’d never in a million years try to discourage it, but word for the wise, you’ve gotta use a little tact and show a little respect when you do it if you don’t wanna look like a gigantic asshole.
At the end of the day, folks, it’s just the cinema. It’s something to make you happy, to make you think, to make you feel — it’s something to distract you from the fact that one day you’re going to die screaming. Don’t waste your life being grumpy and negative about the things you enjoy; just fucking enjoy them. And let other people dig what they dig without razzing them about it. Differing opinions make life worth living.