About movie reviews

By Aditya in Reviews » Movie Reviews
Updated 13:23 IST Jun 03, 2018

If you are someone who reads movie reviews, then you must have read this line, “the character is strong yet vulnerable”. I think it is fashionable to use it these days. I get a feeling like people have had this sudden realization about “vulnerability” being an interesting trait, as if people have rediscovered this word and are eager to paste it. I find it cringeworthy. The way it is used and the way it is expressed. It just feels so fake!

Of course the character is vulnerable, everyone is? Who isn't?

We have been subjected to cinema having characters at the extreme end of the behavioral spectrum for far too long. Ok there have been exceptions but they have been few and far. The 90s had another word, “negative shades”, but back then the majority of movies were so disconnected from reality that it didn’t matter.

Vulnerability is natural, I think it neither deserves sympathy nor praise. It reminds me of a rare instance where Rahul Dravid spoke about how inappropriate it was to praise and emulate his humbleness. It has to come from within, there is nothing to boast about it. Likewise the vulnerability in a character has to be inherent, subtle, there is nothing fashionable about it. What is more important is how the character overcome these vulnerabilities, and how the audience associates with that struggle. Movie reviews seldom talk about that.

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