Thursday, October 27, 2011

Gimme a break, critics

Film critic Matt Zoller Seitz writes: "Huh-huh, huh-huh, huh-huh. Beavis and Butt-head are back. Did anyone really miss them, though? And can a resurrected version of the cartoon duo’s series be anything but a bad idea? Judging from tonight’s premiere (MTV, 10 p.m.) — the first new 'Beavis and Butt-head' episode since 1997 — the answer to both questions is no." Oh please. Seitz's snide remarks should tell you everything you need to know about the value of his opinion. Though condescending, Seitz's review is smart and fairly thorough. He thinks the new episodes may come off as stale (his idea of a fresh take is having the "duo still sitting on that same couch in their mid-’30s, 20 pounds heavier"). "Watching a ’90s pop culture-dependent show try to revive itself after 14 years is a weird and vaguely depressing experience, like revisiting your old high school as an adult and failing to feel nostalgic," Seitz writes. Fine. But here's the thing that's always been true about Beavis and Butt-head: If you have to think about it, you'll never get it. The cartoon's sheer ridiculousness is its charm. That, I suspect, is why Mike Judge, the show's creator, brought it back for a new generation. So, Mr. Seitz, spare us your whining.

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