My two times seeing The Fifth Estate. I just really like the film. I’d go see it again. To catch something I missed; try to memorise certain lines that struck a chord with me. I will own it on DVD/Blu-Ray.
Marina writes: But it’s such a fine line, isn’t it, between offering idiots some much-needed perspective, and subconsciously holding one’s fans in contempt.
Looks to me, Marina, like the only one holding Benedict Cumberbatch’s fans in contempt is you. Do you think we are all so stupid we won’t see through your obvious and pathetic attempt to undermine the confidence we have in the integrity of a man we have watched on and off screen for years? Think we are incapable of assessing the situation on our own without your oh-so-erudite commentary? You are erudite, correct? You did choose that vocabulary so as to convince us you’ve managed to pull within shouting distance of BC’s IQ?
I’m obviously completely desperate for an army of semiotics students to light up their Gauloises and write me some 2,000-word emails explaining how on the most obvious level, the implied pronoun in Benedict’s exhortation “Go photograph Egypt” refers to the paparazzi.
You are obviously desperate for a lot of things, but the answer is pretty simple: we were there. We were eyewitnesses. We know exactly who he was directing those remarks to. And we loved it. And we told one another. You must have been in the loo when the story broke, or it would have been so patently obvious to you, you couldn’t possibly think there was any other possibility. Hey! I didn’t need 2000 words. Just the facts.
After all, the unfortunate implication of Benedict’s signs could be that the sort of people who might see the photos have such a lack of interest in anything else in the news that this is their only access to trenchant comment on the big news of the day.
Nope, that was never and will never be the implication in anything Benedict says or does. And we really aren’t as stupid or gullible as you seem to think. Just because you try to plant some idea in our minds, well, like John Watson to Sherlock Holmes, we know he’s The Real. That’s because the many, the proud, the Cumberbatched aren’t actually a lot of dim-witted dumbasses who can’t think for ourselves. Yes, we care about things other than his hats and hair.
Nice try. Tell your bosses if they want to undo Cumberbatch with his fans, they’ll have to find something or someone less obvious than you. Oh, and note that you have also made a fool of yourself on an international scale. We American Cumberbitches ALSO have his back.
If YOU want to have Ben’s back, go to the original story and add your voice to the above commentary. (X)