Dark night of the dorks
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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