A terribly friendly response from this mom (also known as moriartysskull) after my encouragement for everyone to remember the three other members of the cast when reviewing Third Star on IMDb.
I inadvertently replied privately, so here’s an extended public version: It wasn’t directed at you. It was directed at all the fans who only watched the film because Benedict was cast in it, and treat it as though he is the only one to have any talent or part in making the film what it is. You did, however, choose to only tag your post with Ben’s name.
Additionally, telling me to ‘shut up’ isn’t going to make me do so, nor is it going to encourage me to take you seriously. I mean, really? Don’t mistake me for one of your children.
And on behalf of the fandom, don’t belittle the dedication of ALL the other fans of this film by telling us we’re not devoted enough because people haven’t posted reviews on one shitty film site. Take a look at Vaughan’s Twitter. People are helping and supporting the film and the production company in other ways. If you want to write a review that matters, try Rotten Tomatoes - people actually pay attention to the review rating on there. And for the record, a lot of fans already have posted there.
Contrary to the follow up message you sent me, this film is not all about Benedict or his character. It is about the group of friends and their relationships. All of them. It is an ensemble piece, and while you’re “sick and tired of fans not getting off their ass” to do something to support the film, some of us are sick and tired of “fans” who only give a shit because they think Sherlock is in it. This film is more than just a vehicle for fangirls to cram more Benedict through their retinas - it’s bigger than just James and it deserves to be viewed that way. The rest of the cast each gave amazing, demanding performances and without any one of them, without their interpretations of Vaughan’s exceptional writing, this film would not be what it is. The characters we know and love would not be the same and the balance between them would not be the same.
So, I stand by my encouragement for people to recognise the whole cast in their reviews. If anything, the rest of the cast who helped make this film what it is, need the support ten times more than Benedict, who is currently working on two separate major franchises; who is now a household name.
For me, as it happens, the outstanding actor in this film was not Benedict (and it is therefore not a “fact” that he is the outstanding actor in the film), the outstanding actor in this film was Tom Burke, who I had only seen in one thing before this. His performance, to me, was the most heart-wrenching of all; more than James and more than Miles, and he does not get a fraction of the credit he deserves.