“It’s Only a Movie: Reel Life Adventures of a Film Obsessive” by Mark Kermode is an odd book which doesn’t really fit any category. It isn’t an autobiography but does follow elements of his life story from job to job. It isn’t a collection of movie reviews or movie geek backstage info. And it isn’t just a collection of anecdotes, stories and interviews… ok well actually that is more or less what this is.
I have to say that if it wasn’t for the book signing event at the GFT last month I might never have gotten around to getting this book but I’m glad I did. While I found that the book started a bit slow, there were enough interesting and funny moments to keep my going and by about half way through it was really flowing with very funny stories – the incident where a naive ambitious movie critic arranges to interview Linda Blair from The Exorcist (his favourite movie) had me literally laughing so much it hurt.
I’m a big fan of Mark Kermode because I find his review style easy to relate to and it seems to give a real insight into the movie in question and his reasons for building it up or tearing it down. He leaves enough space for you to agree or disagree with him while still understanding his opinion. Anyway it makes good radio.