I saw Star Trek on Friday and it was awesome! I’m not a Star Trek fan. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a full episode, so I think that says a lot for the movie. It still had some of the corny lines that scream Star Trek, but I understand it’s necessary to stay true to the fans. The movie was incredible, regardless.
We also went to see X-Men Origins, which I thought was okay, but my husband filled me in on all the things that were wrong with it as we left the theater. As a long time Wolverine fan, he wasn’t happy with the creative license taken. Blogger Eric gave a more in depth explanation here. It contains spoilers, so don’t read it if you still intend to see the movie.
The side effects I’ve been noticing have nothing to do with these movies individually, but apply more to movies and TV as a whole. I can no longer watch anything without breaking it down to its base components--protagonist, antagonist, plot, subplots, are the villains sympathetic (The TV show Flashpoint does a great job of creating sympathetic villains.), how does it start, does it suck you in, is the interaction between the characters believable, etc., etc. Yes, I annoy myself too, and my husband :). I’ve always over-analyzed movies, as can be seen in this post about Terminator and time travel, that’s just the way my brain works, but it’s getting worse.
And then there’s the way critiquing has affected my reading. There are certain books I just can’t read anymore, because I find myself critiquing the writing and the plot--or lack of plot--like I’m some sort of writing expert. (I’m not, in case the sarcasm was unclear.)
So, does anyone else do this? Are these side effects normal?