It is a very sad time for movie-lovers, because today we lost the final thumb of the renowned “two thumbs up.” Roger Ebert has passed away two days after announcing that cancer had returned to his body. The Pulitzer Prize winning critic wrote for the Chicago Sun-Times for over 45 years.
Ebert was arguably the greatest film critic of all time. He, along with his late partner, Gene Siskel, co-hosted the very popular ‘Siskel and Ebert At The Movies.” However, when Gene Siskel lost his fight to a brain tumor in 1999, Richard Roeper joined Ebert.
In my opinion, Ebert stood apart from the rest because of his open mind. He seemed very un-biased and he gave every movie a clean slate. It is so easy for a critic to tear a movie apart and say it sucked. However, it takes courage to stand behind a movie and defend it, especially when your colleagues are trashing it. That is what Ebert did. He sometimes went against the grain, even if it wasn’t the popular opinion.
Roger was very wise and kind when critiquing movies. But when they were bad he wasn’t afraid to let the world know they where bad. If you don’t believe me, check out his reviews of ‘Freddy Got Fingered’ and ‘Deuce Bigalow: European Gigolo.’
He grew to the point where people would decide whether or not to see a movie solely based on his reviews. Think about the power he possessed. Not only could Ebert control the entertainment choices of his many followers, but he also controlled box office numbers with the turning of his thumb.
Roger Ebert truly was a student of film.
–“Every great film should seem new every time you see it.”
–“If you have to ask what it symbolizes, it didn’t.”
Those are just some of the wise words that came from Ebert’s analysis.
He will be missed. I give Roger Ebert’s career and influence on film 4 stars and two thumbs up! R.I.P. Rog.