On the offhand chance that you enjoy reading reviews from professional movie critics as I do, thereâ€™s something Iâ€™ve come to realize that you might find useful: Certain terms can take on new definitions when used in their reviews. At times, itâ€™s best to consider a broader meaning of the term that more accurately conveys their reaction, so here, for your convenience, are several such terms redefined:
Â Shallow: This movie is not a drama.
Offensive: This is a horror movie, a comedy, or both.
Plotless/Plot-lite: This movie has special effects.
Escapist: This movie has special effects. I liked it.
Gritty: This movie uses the shaky camera technique
Shaky cam: Iâ€™m sick of movies using the shaky camera technique
Pretentious: This movie thinks itâ€™s smarter than I am.
Stupid: I believe I am older and/or more mature than the intended audience for this movie (see shallow).
Fanboys: Iâ€™m a bit insecure about being one of the people reviewing this movie.
Overrated/underrated: My opinion on this movie is outnumbered, and I donâ€™t like that itâ€™s outnumbered, so what I want you all to do is pretend that everyone else justâ€¦ doesnâ€™t count.
Agenda: This movie contradicts my political beliefs.
Preachy: This movie really contradicts my political beliefs.
Objectively: Stop saying itâ€™s just my opinion. Iâ€™m right!
Unpretentious: This movie doesnâ€™t make me feel bad for liking violence, swearing, and fart jokes.
Besotted: Hello, my name is Armond White. I am smarter than you are.
â€¦I must be in a cynical mood today.