Released in early September, noted British film critic Mark Kermode followed up It's Only a Movie with another rant-filled tome entitled The Good, The Bad and The Multiplex. At Edinburgh International Book Festival, tour dates across the UK, and podcasts across the interwebs, Kermode has offered verbal versions of his proselytizing about the lost art of film projection, the state of British cinema, American remakes of perfectly good foreign films, and more.
The book offers much of the same, acting as a detailed written basis for his Wittertainment soap-boxing and all manner of excuses for a good whinge. While we've all heard the Zac Efron anecdote and 70s stand-up style slagging of minimum wage cinema workers thousands of times, there are topics of note hidden in the later chapters of this latest book. 'Why Blockbusters Should Be Better' became the basis for an excellent article (published in the Guardian) and discusses the state of modern blockbuster cinema and tales of big-budget movie-making gone awry, plucking some choice anecdotes from film history and serving them up as caveats to some interesting points.
However, more often than not the rants and reservations ('The Inevitable Decline of 3D', anyone?) are over-argued by our friendly neighbourhood quoiffed berater. The extension of such arguments gives Kermode's (admittedly niche) audience little credit, as Wittertainment listeners and Kermode Uncut viewers have heard it all before. Stretching some over-used material out over 250 pages leaves a well-worn tether, but there are, nonetheless, gems to be found in the pages of this extended oration.
Stout fans and light readers will enjoy another episode of hand-flap free rants and raves from one of Britain's most reputed and lively film critics. But let's not hold our breaths for part three.
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