Roger Ebert and his movie reviews were a must before putting down a dime on a ticket even though I didn't always agree with him. Why? Because Roger Ebert never missed on what the intent of the movie was. Of course, sometimes viewers will see a flick for something other than the directors intent or vision. For instance, some people are only interested in the entertainment value, a particular actor or actress or even because they may be special effect buffs.
Who really knows what moves a particular human to enjoy a cinematic creation. Music, for many, has the same effect. Why do I like a particular song enough to play it over and over again while my son or wife could care less? Cinema and music simply move people in different ways and as a result I think we should always take a critics opinion with a grain of salt.
Still, I respected the opinion of Roger Ebert because he was one of the few who could care less if his review would insult a director, producer, studio, etc.. Roger was not beholden to anyone and I found that refreshing. But we should remember too that even though Roger may not have liked what he saw it was never personal or done in a malicious way to forever scar the reputation of those involved.
Yes, Roger Ebert reviews could be critical -
but they always showed a reverence and love for cinema.
One of my most favorite movies of all time is Roberto Benigni's Life Is Beautiful (La Vita E Bella). When released it was controversial as many critics (and viewers) incorrectly regarded the work as being insensitive to the Holocaust. Of course, that was the furthest from the truth and Roger Ebert knew it as his review captured the true essence of the film which was simply about the strength of the human spirit when confronted with the most horrific of horrors.
In short, Roberto Benigni's masterpiece showed the world what it means to love despite the ugliness mankind can bestow upon us.
I will miss Roger Ebert and his insights but his spirit will no doubt linger in the many dark theaters he called home.
As for my favorite Roger Ebert review well I think this is one of his greatest.
Thank You Roger!
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