PLINKETT IS BACK!
In case you did not know, Plinkett is a character used by the team at Red Letter Media to review movies in a comedic, quite adult and provocative fashion. He is ostensibly an elderly, racist and very sick (both physically and mentally) couch potato come serial killer and occasional advertiser of random products. It’s an hilarious although very black comedic creation; entertaining in itself but also and more importantly, a vehicle for a highly intelligent, insightful and enlightening, potted film school lecture of sorts.
In a series of YouTube videos, Plinkett has dissected the Star Wars prequels, the Star Trek Next Generation and reboot movies, as well as Titanic, Avatar and Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Whilst the humor arguably sometimes goes too far and is therefore not to everyone’s tastes, it is also undeniably a consistently watchable piece of entertainment and education.
The drawback is that these take a LOT of time to make and so to release. They have also been copied by every second commentary and YouTube video maker and few, if any, have the decency to cite the influence. So one could argue that team Red Letter are entirely entitled to call it a day altogether. We are lucky to get this, to be frank. I’d go so far as saying that The Force Awakens itself sometimes looks as though JJ Abrams and co simply took the Plinkett criticism of the prequels and applied those in crafting Episode 7?
It’s therefore a shame in some senses that this latest review seems to hold back on its criticism of the film in question and spends a fair deal of its time commenting more on the general climate of click bait articles online and indeed on the legacy of the George Lucas /Disney deal that has reinvented the Star Wars brand. The points made are all solid and provocative, but in effect this is two separate features, merged as one.
Minor quibbles aside though, I recommend this highly. And in true click bait style, we can speak for George Lucas himself 😉 He watched the latest review and noted its similar style to previous Plinkett reviews. ‘But it’s like poetry, it rhymes‘. Actual quote. In no way at all ‘click bait’. Honestly.