Dark night of the dorks

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - News -

We are all very keen on The Dark Knight, but the de­ranged de­vo­tion of some Bat­man fa­nat­ics is be­gin­ning to cast a slightly sour stink around the film’s un­stop­pable ad­vance. Within hours of its re­lease, the pic­ture had been pro­pelled to the num­ber one spot on the In­ter­net Movie Data­base’s chart of all-time great­est movies. (At time of writ­ing, a week later, it is still at the top.) An ex­am­i­na­tion of vot­ing pat­terns re­vealed that not only were thou­sands of Knight fans rat­ing Christo­pher Nolan’s epic 10 out of 10, but they were re­peat­edly scor­ing The God­fa­ther, hith­erto the most ad­mired pic­ture, a du­bi­ous 1 out of 10.

More wor­ry­ingly, the mi­nor­ity of crit­ics who did not like the film have been del­uged with of­fen­sive – and some­times threat­en­ing – e-mails. David Edel­stein, a dis­tin­guished reviewer at New York mag­a­zine, was suf­fi­ciently ir­ri­tated by the fan-boys’ taunts of “id­iot, fag [and] prick” to au­thor a well­writ­ten re­join­der. “You blunt the force of your at­tack when you write to an au­thor to say, ‘No one cares what you think’,” he writes. “Be­cause, uh, at least one per­son does.” Quite so.

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