In 2013, author Donna Tartt released the novel ‘The Goldfinch’. The fiction, coming-of-age tale was praised by critics and readers for its first-person depiction of 13-year-old Theodore Decker after he survives a terrorist bombing at an art museum where his mother dies. The aftermath found the young boy clutching the golden-age painting entitled ‘The Goldfinch’ which later becomes a source of hope for Decker as he descends into a world of crime. The book won an array of prestigious awards so when it was announced it would be adapted into a feature film, naturally, awards season buzz ensued. However after it premiered at Toronto International Film Festival this week, it has appeared that Twitter and critics are torn over the forthcoming film.
From the beginning it was known that such character study would be hard to adapt into just a couple of hours of footage, but despite an a-list cast – including Ansel Elgort, Nicole Kidman, Finn Wolfhard and Sarah Paulson – and direction from acclaimed award winner John Crowley, critics aren’t impressed.
“Sad to say, there are no surprises for audiences in The Goldfinch. Sure, it’s gorgeous to look at. But the beauty of the costumes and production design merely create a gilded cage for gifted actors who appear and disappear at the director’s will, while given scant opportunity to develop characters that might resonate,” Rollingstone’s Peter Travers wrote.
For Twitter, the feed is ablaze with different reactions to not only the film but critic’s opinions. Early critiques can make or break how a film will perform in the box office but if last year’s release of Bohemian Rhapsody is anything to go by, it could be up to public opinion. Diehard fans appear to be unswayed by early reports and the Twitter sphere is entertaining nevertheless.
I don’t care if The Goldfinch is bad. I want to see it *now*
— Evan Smith (@evanasmith) September 13, 2019
the goldfinch got bad ratings cus of finns accent https://t.co/IkYkwVwi7D
— jessie (@jesssielouise) September 12, 2019
secured a ticket to see the goldfinch tomorrow even tho the r*views are h*rrible because i have to make sure nicole kidman continues to get that coin pic.twitter.com/RT2ijdf6hI
— jj (@suckfubway) September 12, 2019
me trying to decide if i should ignore every single review for the goldfinch and pay to go see it pic.twitter.com/VgLHAgq7lG
— rose tyler lovebot (@moonlightngs) September 13, 2019
me anticipating the goldfinch vs seeing the early reviews pic.twitter.com/tayPENLnho
— sami (@grcyjedi) September 9, 2019
me reading some of the bad reviews of The Goldfinch pic.twitter.com/enxEZ7Wxql
— 𝐕𝐢𝐜𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐢𝐚 ϟ ⎊🎈 (@bringpeterback) September 10, 2019
me avoiding all the bad reviews of the goldfinch because i'm gonna go see it regardless. pic.twitter.com/ZAHNiuQ06w
— 𝘬𝘳𝘺𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘭. || 𝘢𝘶 𝘪𝘯 📌 (@voideI) September 9, 2019