The Critical Drinker is not a critical thinker

The Critical Drinker blames the failure of new Star Wars movies on the “deconstruction” of traditional heroic storytelling. It’s a typically reactionary position that is ignorant of amazing storytellers who base their stories on deconstruction like Alan Moore, Iain M Banks and Terry Pratchett. It’s clear that the Critical Drinker is not a critical thinker. But the problems with reactionary reviewers go much deeper.

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Published by Damien Walter

Writer and storyteller. Contributor to The Guardian, Independent, BBC, Wired, Buzzfeed and Aeon magazine. Special forces librarian (retired). Teaches the Rhetoric of Story to over 35,000 students worldwide.

10 thoughts on “The Critical Drinker is not a critical thinker

      1. Sorry sir, he is 100% right about Rings of Powerlessness. It’s pure trash. The writing in Lucifer with Tom Ellis was better than that show. No critical thinking required to see how weak that writing is.


  1. But isn’t a critic’s job to react to stuff. Why are you labeling him as a reactor as if that’s a way of dismissing his point on star wars without actually challenging it


  2. Thanks for this Damien. Hits the nail on the head.

    The funny thing is Jordan just had Mark Millar on his podcast and was fawning all over him. Pretty much all of Millar’s works are deconstruction of traditional tropes, mainly superheroes. But he does also complain about “wokeness” so played to the choir with that pish.

    He’s a fud.


    1. Critical Drinker praised House of the Dragon despite the alleged “wokeness” of the cast—as did audiences and critics. Maybe that means Rings of Power and these Star Wars movies actually suck?



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