book: Mark Kermode “The Good, The Bad and The Multiplex”

January 25, 2012

Mark Kermode is a a film critic with a weekly film show with Simon Mayo on radio Five Live.  He also wrote “It’s Only a Movie: Reel Life Adventures of a Film Obsessive”. I find Kermode’s film reviews not only informative but above all entertaining.  I don’t always agree with his opinion on films, but I do think he is spot on about cinema.

In this book “The Good, The Bad and The Multiplex” Mark expounds his views on topics such as:

  • going to the Pictures
  • why blockbusters should be better
  • the inevitable decline of 3-D
  • what are film critics for?
  • …and so on

I totally and completely agree with what Mark says about the decline of the experience of going to the cinema, which has turned into an over priced adventure in queuing for massive amounts of crap food, where few poor staff will not look after your needs while there happens to be a film more or less visible and audible rather than a ‘performance’ where the entertainment of the paying public was important rather than squeezing as much money out of them as fast as possible.  Sorry, it seems that reading Kermode increases your likelihood to rant.

I enjoyed this book very much, but I do think it is the sort of book that you will enjoy if you already like Mark Kermode, if you don’t or don’t agree with his viewpoints it might just be a very frustrating read.  I did find the excerpt below which seems to be the first chapter from the audio book, which might help decide if you want to read it….  Even just listening to this first chapter is fun:

by the way, I don’t know how legitimate this video is so it might disappear.

Oh, and Hello to Jason Isaacs!