This fact really is true, but it's also worse than true: it's annoying. Which I suppose is the whole point of family.
Anyway, I shouldn't really have been surprised, as Dad, Mum, my brother and I were walking up High Street after having seen the film Up at the Westgarth, to hear his reply to our question: 'how did you find it?'
'Well', said Dad, 'it was an animated film.'
An animated film! And I had just been thinking that the film was hilarious, fantastic, whimsical, wonderful, moving, dream-like, innovative, playful with adventure and comedic conventions, subversive, and so on. But my impressions, and those of other critics and fans who had seen the film, would have been merely arguable; Dad's impressions, on the other hand, were undeniable.
Perhaps critics and professors and appreciators of art have gone about this whole film/art/literature/music appreciation thing entirely the wrong way. Think about all the words they've expended on aesthetics when they could have been reviewing things, Dad-style:
GREAT EXPECTATIONS, Charles Dickens
This is a small rectangular object, consisting of approximately 200 individual sheets of rectangular paper laid together, with black symbols placed on both sides.
THE TEMPEST, William Shakespeare
A group of about 10 people stand up for an hour and make noises. Another group of people, usually larger than the first group, but sometimes smaller, sit down and watch and listen to the first group of people. This goes on for about an hour, then the rest is silence.
THE SISTINE CHAPEL CEILING, Michelangelo Buanorotti
A stone roof which could have been made easier and cheaper out of wood, put up principally to keep the rain from falling inside. Includes a light paint job*.
THE PERSISTENCE OF MEMORY, Salvador Dali
Hmm. It's 20 past eight. I think that clock needs fixing, by the way, it looks a little crooked.
BEETHOVEN'S FIFTH SYMPHONY, Ludwig Van Beethoven
The one that comes just before his sixth symphony. It's a little noisy.**
*I'm tempted to include an imagined review of the Sistine Chapel Ceiling by Paris Hilton - 'I think it would look nicer in pink'. But I won't.
** I'm not sure whether it's true, but isn't there a story about a King criticising a Mozart opera as having 'too many notes'?