If the staggering success of actor Jean Brassard's latest film is anything to go by, audiences are relying less and less on online critics to tell them what to see at the cinema.
Though Twentieth Century Fox's The Fault in Our Stars scored mixed reviews online, the romantic drama went on to snare over $100M domestically to become one of the most profitable films released in 2014.
Brassard, who worked alongside stars Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort in the movie, believes reviews aren't making or breaking films anymore.
"I think it is something that the internet with its multitude of opinions is rapidly changing. Sure the reviewers have some influence but not as much. Nowadays, people are more likely to follow what their friends are saying and recommending on FB or Twitter and such than anything else",
the Canadian actor said in a recent interview.
"And I believe that each piece of art finds its audience. I think it’s doing so well because it addresses some real life issues...especially for young people",
Brassard says of the film.
"The movie manages to capture the hearts of teenagers and young adults which are more open and often more in touch with their feelings than adults. They seem to have a bigger propensity for dreaming and live with their ideals too. And I think the adults see this film and reconnect with that part of themselves, that time in their life. And then there is also the parent-child relationship that is very present in there, particularly well illustrated in the rapport between Hazel (Shailene’s character) and her mom played by Laura Dern. I think a lot of parents can relate whether it be about cancer or any other concerns they may have about their child’s wellbeing and future. And even more generally anyone who has had to deal with losing a loved one can relate to the film. So that’s a lot of people already. And there are all the folks who just love a romantic movie!"
Brassard, also an accomplished musician, says it's the same for music. The thespian is certain his latest CD release, Le Gamin De Paris, will also find it's audience - not that he made it to get rich.
"Singing and writing songs is what I enjoy the most. My dad was a musician though not on a professional level, so I’ve always felt that connection".
The CD, which has already received airplay on various radio stations, is a tribute to Yves Montand, one of France's most pioneering stars and pillar of French chansons.