Why Give Second Chance Reviews?

This is an idea I’ve had for a while, now.  I was originally going to use it for a side project I was working on with a friend, but when that went nowhere, I decided to bring it here.  So, what is a second chance review?  Simply put, it’s my desire to be fair.  Let me explain with some history.

For those who have known me long enough, they will know of an older version of myself that newer friends and acquaintances don’t know of.  I am a very firm believer that our brains don’t finish forming until we’re 25, because up until that point I was still very adolescent in many ways.  One of the aspects that I have since grown out of, was the ability to form a strong, long-standing hatred for something – usually for all of the wrong reasons.  One of these reasons might be popularity.  If I continued to hear, over and over, how great something was, seemingly out of spite of the general public’s opinion, I would grow to hate it.  It took me years to finally see Fight Club for that very reason, and then I loved it.  The biggest reasons, though, are tied to the mysterious aspects of adolescent angst: bitterness, fear, frustration, everything.  This mentality was spread beyond only movies, though, and it truly was a miserable mentality to carry on with.

I grew up, however, as most people hopefully will, and I no longer think like that.  So, I wanted to do something here, as much for myself as anything.  I often cheated myself of enjoying something, purely based on some irrational logic.  I even realized this back then, at times, but I was too stubborn to let it go.  Now, though, as a wonderfully mature man, I want to take a second look at these things that I disliked, and give them another chance.  Not everything I will review will be something I once illogically hated; I will review things that I simply haven’t looked at again in a very long time, just to see if time has changed it for me.  I honestly don’t know quite what to expect of this little project.  I know that with the things I once hated, my opinions are sure to be softer – but will any of them completely reverse?  Your guess is as good as mine.  So, later this week (because I’m starting a new, regular blog series on Tuesdays and I don’t want to cram too much in), I’m going to start with my first Second Chance Review of the movie that initially started this project idea for me.  It is a movie I loathed more than anything I ever loathed during those adolescent-minded years…

The Notebook.


About Mark Mushakian

Just a man who loves God, women, kids, dogs, movies, and every other lovely thing in life :)
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