What I’m trying to say is that opinions are subjective. Given the nature of Low Five’s content, it’s sort of ironic to turn around and say that our reviews should be disregarded in favor of individual taste, but it’s true. Everyone’s priorities are different, and just because we’ve said something is good or bad doesn’t make it true.
For something like The New Guy, there’s a soft spot in my heart for high school/college movies. The film is so relentlessly cheesy and optimistic that I can’t help but be entertained by every stupid line. It’s also self-aware in a way that makes me feel less lame for laughing at it. It hits every bad high school movie trope: Everyone in the movie is like, thirty; they manage to work in an underdog football team subplot; it’s a beautiful thing. These are things that I value in certain subgenres of movie. Greg and Billy really like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the fact that (Jesus Christ guys) Vanilla Ice is in it is fun to them rather than infuriating.
Nostalgia is almost entirely built on this concept. That thing that you love from your childhood? I promise it’s not as good as you remember it being. Dragon Ball Z has aged like shit, Sailor Moon was poorly animated, almost every children’s program from the 80s and early 90s was terrible; trust me, I promise. But it’s not about quality at that point, it’s about the value it holds to you as an audience member.
I get so mind-numbingly frustrated by things that are clearly written by consensus to sell tickets. Suicide Squad was like that. Why was The Joker in it? Because some studio executive didn’t have enough faith in B-list Batman villains to make a whole movie out of it, so they threw The Joker in for like seven minutes. And they based the entire marketing campaign around The Joker. I hate that! But you know what? I’ll bet you that a lot of people only went to see that movie to see how Jared Leto stacked up against Heath Ledger. And I’ll bet that some people thought that movie was better because The Joker was in it. And that’s okay! In fact it’s great. Everyone should disagree with me, because it broadens the media spectrum when people yell at each other.
Scott Watmough has many strong opinions about many things that he knows very little about. They're usually about video games.