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Emma Roberts Thinks It's The Internet's Fault 'Madame Web' Tanked

By Andrew Sanford | Celebrity | July 8, 2024 |

By Andrew Sanford | Celebrity | July 8, 2024 |


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It’s OK to like bad art. Seriously. If a piece of art makes you feel good, or sad, or anything, that’s fantastic. Art is supposed to move you and connect with you, even if it isn’t technically well executed. You should, however, be able to admit when something you love is poorly made. You don’t have to love it any less, but there has to be an acknowledgment that it isn’t very good.

This is hard for a lot of people. Internet culture has created a world where human beings can find others of their ilk when it comes to the bad movies or TV shows they like. Something that was reviled by critics and audiences and made no money at the box office or didn’t crack the Nielsen ratings can be heralded as a masterpiece by seven people who all found each other on Twitter.

Ratings and money earned are not the end all be all of reception. Critics and audiences are wrong all the time. Some things do require a second look decades after their release. Madame Web will not be one of those films. The Sony-made Spider-Man Without Spider-Man flick was a bomb at the box office and disliked by pretty much everyone. You will find some people enjoying it ironically, but it is a poorly made movie. Just don’t tell Emma Roberts that.

Roberts plays Spider-Man’s mother in Madame Web and has a pretty level-headed reaction to the film’s reception. While speaking to Vanity Fair, Roberts reflected on how some projects hit and some don’t. The actress told the outlet, “Things work; things don’t work. Everyone likes to act like they can predict if they’re going to work or they’re not. And the truth is, you can’t. Things do badly, and then they blow up later on TikTok. Things do well, but then you watch them, and you’re like, “This did well?” There is no secret. It’s about doing something goodish and it hitting at the right time. Everything else is like a wish and a prayer.”

She isn’t letting the film’s lack of success get her down, noting, “I’m not intimidated by failure, and I’m not intimidated by people having negative thoughts about something.” This is a healthy mentality to have. Enjoying something that didn’t do well is one thing. Making something that no one liked is a whole other beast, and not easy to deal with. Still, Roberts is doing a good job internalizing the failure and not letting it get to her. So, she gets a pass for what she says next.

“I personally really loved Madame Web,” Roberts told Vanity Fair. “I really enjoyed the movie. I thought everyone in it was great. The director, S.J. Clarkson, I think did an amazing job. She’s the reason I wanted to do that movie.” The praise is all well and good. I don’t expect Roberts to take the director to task, especially when the argument exists that the studio is at fault for the movie’s shortcomings. I wouldn’t expect the star to take shots at Sony either, but she takes a different route entirely.

Speaking on Madame Web’s failure, Roberts said, “If it wasn’t for internet culture and everything being made into a joke, I think that the reception would’ve been different. And that’s what bums me out about a lot of stuff, even stuff that I’ve done, is people just make such a joke out of everything now.” She isn’t entirely wrong. The trailer of Madame Web was so thoroughly mocked that a now infamous line of dialogue was removed from the finished film.

People made up their minds before they saw the film, but that doesn’t mean they were wrong. They could see what was in front of their faces. Madame Web did not put its best foot forward. The internet may one day be responsible for Madame Web’s resurgence, but it is not at fault for its failure.